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On 17 January 2013 following a port call and fuel stop in Subic, Guardian proceeded across the Sulu Sea and entered the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. After appearing on Park radar, at approximately 0400 hours local time Guardian was radioed a warning by park officials that the vessel had entered a restricted area. Park officials claim their lawful warning was met with disregard by Guardian, which radioed back to “bring [their] complaint to the US Embassy.” Shortly thereafter, the captain of the USS Guardian ran his vessel aground on Tubbataha Reef, about 130 kilometres (70 nmi) south east of Palawan in the Philippines. At the time of the accident the ship was travelling from Subic Bay in the Philippines to another port. The extent of any damage to the reef is unknown, but there is no evidence that fuel oil is leaking; damage to the reef has been estimated at 10 meters by the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines. The U.S. Navy evacuated all 79 crew members from the minesweeper to the USNS Bowditch and MV C Champion on 18 January. On January 19, an assessment team was deployed would plan and execute the vessel’s extraction. On January 20, 2013, the Navy Times reported the ship is taking on water in multiple places and is experiencing a slight list to port.

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The comments in the article of the Park Rangers on the Reef calling the USS Guardian by Radio reminded me very much of the following………Click the picture below to play the Video……

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Yeah Russel..heaps of room…

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Well hang on there Russell a bit to the left mate ….

Nah the other left you daft Kiwi……

Ouch……Akward….

Oops…..give us me Bow back Mate !

You can see the Video of it all at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZ9P5FCGNI&feature=g-u-u

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0li5rH_2j0&feature=share&list=PL59BD5480A8795C5F

No sleep for the shore team !

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This post refers to the Argentinian Video of Fernando Zylberberg running in the Falklands capital Port Stanley. The Video punch line shown at the end  is

“To compete on English soil we train on Argentine soil.”

The universal reaction to this has been……….What a load of Bollocks !!

Personally I prefer the Spoof done by the Islanders, which is linked to below. At least they can laugh about it.

At least this time the Argentinians only invaded with a Video Camera and a silly PR stunt rather than Guns and naked aggression.

This whole thing is obviously just a PR Stunt to whip up emotions and xenophobic sentiments in the face of a worsening economic situation for Argentina and slipping popularity for Kirchner and her Government.

The Falklands are a sure fire Hot Button issue for them to ‘play’ when there is international outrage at the appropriation of Repsol YPF, in a nationalisation reminiscent of a bygone Socialist/Communist era.

It is Argentina that has chosen to stoke the fire on this matter, and it appears to the world that it is an emotional move for popularist intentions.

The simple fact is that if Argentina felt they had a case to Legally claim the Falklands Islands then they would be on the plane to the Hague to file papers with the International Court of Justice to present their case to the panel of International Judges.

Countries all over the world have chosen to do this to seek a judgement and finality in the case of a dispute over territory. The verdict is always absolute, binding and final.

So rather than playing games with Videos and fanning the flames of Argentinians emotions, the steps open to the Argentinian Government are clear. Anyone can go to the ICJ web Site and you will see a long list of cases brought to the court, many from South American countries, with details of the judgements available for public download and inspection.

Why has Argentina not done this? The answer can only be that it does not have a strong case to present. Indeed there may never have been any formal claim made to the Falklands by Argentina, whereas the UK had claimed sovereignty, and administered governance of the Islands for centuries.

Rather it seems Argentina prefers to whip up emotion and try to raise ill feeling and disadvantage to both the UK, and the people of the Falklands Islands, than to sit down, research, evaluate and present their legal claim to the ICJ and live with the final outcome.

Many others that have come to the ICJ did not get what they hoped for, but they have to accept the decision and move on. Argentina needs to move on also.

Just let Kirchner remember what happened to the last President who whipped up emotion on the Falklands. He was at the end, tried and jailed by his own countrymen. He escaped a firing squad only on appeal.

It seems he also had pressing domestic issues that were ‘forgotten’ by pressing the Hot Button topic of the Falklands.

Move on Argentina, you’re doing yourself a disservice doing stupid stunts to whip up emotions, again !

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Felt more than a couple of tremors today originating from the Sumatra earthquakes of 8.6 and 8.2. Thankfully seems there has been been little damage and destruction in Indonesia this time, at least at the time of writing.

Read there was an 0.8m Tsunami wave somewhere around Simeulue Island off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Hopefully that is all there was and it dissapated quickly.

Here is a USGS plate of where those quakes ocurred.

Just for  ‘refernce’ take a look at this YouTube Video which apparently records all the Earthquakes of 6.0 and above that took place in 2011.

Turn up the volume a bit and get ready for the explosion of quakes that occured around Japan in March 2011.

And remember, this year is 2012 !!

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Clipper Round the World Yachts arrive at Marina Keppel Bay, Singapore on Saturday 28th Jan 2012. See the Video at http://tinyurl.com/7yvtpwf

Is the Yorkshire boat really Barbie Pink ? Are they sponsored by Yorkshire Airlines? http://tinyurl.com/7lvxg6r

Video taken from my balcony at Reflections at Keppel Bay.

The Boats in order of appearance are;

Qingdao

New York

Yorkshire

De Lage Landen

Finland

Edinburgh

Gold Coast

Apologies to

Derry-Londonderry

Geraldton Western Australia

Singapore

Sorry could not wait for you

Hope the guys on the Clippers enjoy their stay and RnR in Singapore and get ready to get beat up on their way North to Qingdao, across the Taiwan Straits.

Also loaded a Video of a Busy Fuel Dock at Telaga Harbour, Langkawi, Malaysia. The friendly guys from the Maritime Police kindly agreed not to moor up alongside my sparkling white decks, and gave me a wave as they later spluttered away.

The Video is at http://tinyurl.com/6smgmgu

 

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Once is Lucky..

Twice is Foolish..

Third time is DEADLY

Video reconstruction of the  AIS Track from the14th August 2011 Sail Past of Giglio Island with two Near Miss of less than one ships length.

http://tinyurl.com/6vvrfpd

 

Also see the route of the January13th sinking at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5tTMJUKjTM

 

YouTube Video of the Costa Concordia Sail Past taken from onshore Giglio Island  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKJszx8NgMY

 

All reconstruction done by www.QPS.nl

Visit their web site for full details.

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I have uploaded a copy of a Video which it’s believed shows the actual track of the Costa Concordia on her last fateful voyage on Friday the 13th.

It clearly shows whoever was in control of the vessel did not allow for or anticipate the turn that she would make.

Sadly ships over 290m in length and over 114,000 GT don’t handle like sports cruisers or speedboats !

Here’s the link to the Video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5tTMJUKjTM

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