Skip to main content

BOXING SEA SHEPHERDS

UPDATE:
Monday January 27, 2014.
Apparently the reason there are so few reports from Operation Relentless is that they are not doing very much.  The JWF continues catching whales while the SSCS give the impression that they are following the U.S. Court order to stay 400 metres away from the JWF ships.  So it appears  from the relative positions of the SSCS ships ahead and astern of the JWF MS Nisshin Maru.  The Operation Relentless seems to be more an Operation Useless.

 
Dramatic news from the Southern Ocean - well at least according to Sea Shepherd Australia.  There is a report on their website which claims as usual excellent results from very little action on the part of the SSCS in "boxing-in" the JWF.  According to them the JWF run away at the sight of the SSCS ships.

The report is of course somewhat exaggerated, a bit bombastic and while stating things rather gives itself away in not really knowing what the JWF have been doing.  It seems the SSCS vessels lost track of the JWF but with the help of the Australian Government Environmental Minister found them again.  There was heavy fog in the region in which the SSCS ships lost track of the JWF as far as one can tell.

Whales remains
 
MS Bob Barker

MS Steve Irwin
 
To quote that intrepid chap Peter Hammarstedt "After finding the discarded remnants of butchered whales..............We wasted no time in following the bloody trail of remains.....to the Nisshin Maru." 

That is one way one supposes but some skillful radar navigation might be easier and more effective than just happening to cross courses with whale remains.  Methinks a little dramatic writing here for the public at large once again with this chap the influence of "Wats-his-name" mentoring. 

Of course what the remains of the whales actually sadly indicate is that regardless the JWF are killing whales and once again the SSCS vessels are unable to prevent it.  In all honesty one has to wonder just how "relentless" it has been to date in Operation Relentless.

Good Watch

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PERIGEAN SPRING TIDES

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

At present we are experiencing Perigean Spring Tides which occur when the Moon is at perigee on its oval path that is the closest point to Earth.  One of the principal results are higher than usual Spring Tides as against the Neap Tides.

Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.

Good Watch.

STANDING DOWN PROBLEMS CONTINUE

In addition to the recent "Standing Down" of training voyages for its Midshipersons the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has received warnings about the quality, or lack thereof, of its training programme.  The Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE) report stated that accreditation was in jeopardy for non-compliance in certain areas.

Coupled with the continuing problems requiring disciplinary actions including dismissal from the Navy the United States Navy (USN) has had in recent years this does not bode well for the professionalism of the seafaring community of the United States.

It is clear to this writer, an International Master Mariner with 50 years of experience, that the training sources for both Officers and Ratings need an immediate complete examination and review.  Currently the Officer commanding riverine craft based in Bahrain has been dismissed.  Another nine Officers and Ratings are under disciplinary action as a result of the capture by…

FINALLY AN ATTEMPT TO RECOVER

NAUTICAL LOG has on previous occasions discussed the SS El Faro VDR in a Post titled RELUCTANCE TO RECOVER and two other Posts about the VDR (Voyage Data Recorder) of the SS El Faro

The Ship sank in Hurricane Joaquin on October 01, 2015 off the Bahamas.  There has seemed to be a reluctance by all parties involved to continue the attempt to recover the VDR from some 15,000 feet - admittedly a considerable depth.  However because of the importance of possible data on the recorder such an attempt must be made.

Finally the NTSB has contracted with the USN Supervisor of Salvage to assist in the recovery of the VDR.  The USNS Apache will depart in early July 2016 together with USCG, Phoenix International and an underwater operating vehicle the CURV-21.

Once the VDR is recovered it will be brought ashore to the NTSB laboratory and thoroughly studied to download and analyze the information.  With these results in hand the USCG will conduct a two hearings to investigate the sinking and questio…