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Once again lies and childish behaviour, how anyone can support and contribute to the SSCS seagoing Cult is beyond the understanding of NAUTICAL LOG but then we are just a simple retired seafarer.  In his latest break-of-wind Press Release "Windy Wats-his-name" now says the whole refuelling story at Auckland Island was just a ruse to lead the Japanese Security vessels away while the MS Bob Barker raced (his words) towards the JWF off the coast of Antarctica.

The MS Bob Barker is under the 'command' of one Peter Hammarstedt who has no recorded certificated qualifications to command whatsoever and certainly not in the sensitive waters of the Southern Ocean.  Hammarstedt is a Swedish National, therefore NAUTICAL LOG would suggest that the Swedish Maritime Administration investigate this person for acting under false pretenses and bringing an international crew to the Southern Ocean.  This pretend 'captain' of Swedish nationality is sailing under The Netherlands Flag State which according to contacts in Holland has not issued him any certification to command an ocean-going vessel in any waters let alone the Southern Ocean.  It should be pointed out that PH receives a salary from the SSCS seagoing Cult for this 'command' and NAUTICAL LOG has received documentation from a member of the SSCS seagoing Cult confirming that fact and a possible salary range.  This means under both International and National Maritime Laws this person must be "duly qualified to execute the command of an ocean-going vessel."

So once again this SSCS seagoing Cult is putting the environment, the vessel, the crew in great risk.  It is away past time for this collection of nautical thugs to be detained, charged and tried on numerous violations of International Maritime Law.  Their unacceptable behaviour has occurred in Iceland, Norway, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, and Antarctica.  They operate vessels with unqualified crews following no Laws, Rules and Regulations of either the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) or National Maritime Authorities with complete impunity. 

If we Certificated seafarers did the same we would end up in Court charged with maritime violations as the Master and Navigation Officer of the MS Rena are in New Zealand at present.  One might point out that New Zealand is the same country that just refuelled the SSCS seagoing Cult vessel MS Bob Barker in its Capital City and Port of Wellington.  A navigation mistake as with the MS Rena is one thing but deliberately resupplying a pirate vessel the MS Bob Barker manned by nautical thugs and treating them like 'environmental heros' is beyond the nautical pale.

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Also beyond the nautical pale is the lack of interest in rescuing the 300 of our fellow seafarers held hostage by pirates off Puntland, Somalia.  They face mutilation and or death every day and NAUTICAL LOG has nothing but complete contempt for those holding positions in both Governments and Maritime Authorities involved.


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