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NAUTICAL LOG made a change to the Blog appearance today.  We are still trying to find a more nautical looking template but so far Blogspot® has not really produced one that quite fits the NAUTICAL LOG concept of itself.

Good Watch

In spite of our contacting the International Court of Justice and various National Maritime Authorities there has been not the least attempt to rescue our fellow seafarers held hostage by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia.  It seems at present any Authority and or Government is unable to make decisions on how to proceed in their responsibilities.  Does one have to resort to street riots as is happening in Greece?  Not much point in that because it achieves nothing whatsoever.  The problem, as NAUTICAL LOG heard today, is that the European Union failed to build in an exit strategy for Member Nations when the Common Market was first formed decades ago.   As that organisation became the European Union the situation was never corrected.  The result is today nobody knows how to leave the EU or even the Eurozone.  So it would seem that those EU Members who did not join in the Eurozone and continued with their traditional currency actually made a good decision.  Now lets hope those same Nations can work together towards the release of the seafarer hostages. 

Frankly NAUTICAL LOG is quite frustrated in what else to do except continue as at present and keep adding remarks under each of our Posts.  As to the various Seafarer Unions they especially have never even acknowledged our efforts let alone given NAUTICAL LOG the least encouragement - which is rather hard to understand.   We have put it down to  union socialists raised in the entitlement atmosphere unwilling to consider their fellow seafarers in case they spoil their own comfortable entitlement socialist union world - for which of course the Union Membership pays for.  All quite disgusting really.


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It sometimes happens that one is going to write a Post on a subject when lo and behold there is already an excellent one.  Such is the case today; so rather than repeat everything let me refer you to the source of that Post

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The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century.  During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea.  Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.

Good Watch.