Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ramsgate Port, more daftness from the courts.

Another example from our friends who live in  Law-LaLa-land demonstrating, again, that the The Law and Justice are completely divorced from each other. Very sad to see. The following from BBC Kent.


“A council has been told it did not have the authority to suspend live exports after more than 40 sheep died while being transported.

The High Court ruled the ban through Kent’s Port of Ramsgate, imposed by Thanet District Council was unlawful.

Mr Justice Birss said the council was now liable to pay damages to three companies.

The council imposed the ban in September 2012 after three sheep drowned and 40 had to be put down.

The judge said the ban was a “disproportionate decision reached in haste” without receiving separate legal advice.

He said the move had breached a fundamental element of the rules governing free trade in the EU.

He said: “The animal export trade is not popular.

“It involves activities which are highly distasteful to many people. However, the law does not only exist to protect the interests of the popular.””


Nor it seems, the decent and just. Well done Mr Birss. He seems to have missed the point that the ship they were using was, from a maritime industry  ‘Best Practice‘ perspective, unsuitable for the task and on that point alone the decision by TDC to prevent it being used from Ramsgate should not be considered illegal, imho.

Spotted the following article in Bunker World this morning, it made allatsea fair spit out his cornflakes. All was huff and puff at the towers until it dawned on him that driving  a boat with an IPad from the comfort of his favourite chair whilst watching ‘Pointless’ at the same time was a concept not to be sniffed at. That’s one way at least of getting round the lack of an ENG1.

Quote: Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (Rolls-Royce) is developing unmanned cargo ships that could be deployed within a decade, Bloomberg reports.

“Now the technology is at the level where we can make this happen, and society is moving in this direction,” said Oskar Levander, the company’s vice president of innovation in marine engineering and technology.

“If we want marine to do this, now is the time to move.”

The drone ships would be controlled from virtual vessel bridges on land that would simulate a 360-degree view from the ship and allow a captain to control its movements.

The European Union (EU) is providing €3.5 million ($4.8 million) for research into unmanned ships.

The ships would save money and reduce fuel use by 12 to 15 percent by eliminating space for the crew, electricity, air conditioning, and water and sewage systems, Levander said.

Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL, said he doesn’t expect unmanned ships to be operational “in the foreseeable future,” arguing that even if they are technically possible the savings would not justify investments needed to make the ships safe.

Under current international conventions, unmanned ships are illegal, and, because they do not comply with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules, they would be ineligible for insurance.

Now the technology is at the level where we can make this happen

Oskar Levander, Vice President, Rolls-Royce

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which represents about 600,000 ship crew members, argues drone ships would be inherently unsafe.

“It cannot and will never replace the eyes, ears and thought processes of professional seafarers,” said Dave Heindel, chairman of the ITF’s seafarers’ section in London.

“The human element is one of the first lines of defense in the event of machinery failure and the kind of unexpected and sudden changes of conditions in which the world’s seas specialize.”

But Levander said comprehensive monitoring and redundant systems could eventually take the place of crews. End Quote.

A missive from Admiral of the Bore (he knows you’re yawning, he just doesn’t care)


The vandals have been busy in the ‘Old Town’ near the harbour. The area is getting a bit trendy now that the Turner centre has opened, there are quite a few new eateries and cafes on the scene. One poor old place that hasn’t benefited from the  upward migration is a pub called the ‘Dogget Coat and Badge’, it’s been closed and sad  a long time. Yesterday A of the B noticed that some wag had altered the lettering of the name to be along the lines of ‘Dogger oats and crumpet’. Crikey, whatever will Tracy Emmin think? She may pop down to check it out, being arty and all that?

There’s been a bit of a seismic shift in the towers. After a 5 month sabbatical A of the B is returning to the world of work. It’ll be a shock my friends, a very large shock. He must be strong. Please pray for him.

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The last work done in fact was at the start of October and was in a warmer and brighter place than dear Margitt  will ever be. Pictured above, the mighty S7000 off Almeria in southern Spain, A of the B disembarked there and took the pic from the liberty boat. Happy days. I believe mucker Mick is there himself at this very minute, wintering until returning north in the spring.  The last we’d heard was that he’d found a supply of ‘red gut rot’ at one Euro a litre. That’s the way to do it. It may we fear, delay his return to Blighty Land.

Why I want to be a Captain

In the first edition of the Swedish magazine  ’Utkiken’ we found the following article written by a 10 year old British schoolboy.

“I want to be a captain when I grow up because it’s a cool job that’s easy to do. Captains don ‘t have to go to school such a long time. They only need to learn figures so they can read instruments. I think they also have to be able to read maps so they don’t get lost when they sail.

Captains have to be brave so they don ‘t get scared when it’s so foggy that they can’t see and when the propeller falls off they have to know what to do about it. Captains have to have eyes that can see through the clouds and they mustn’t be afraid of thunder and lightning which they  have closer to them  than  what we have.

The captain’s wages is another thing I like. They earn more than they can spend. That’s because most people think it’s dangerous to drive a boat, except captains  because they know how easy it is. There’s not much I don’t like, except that girls like captains. All the girls want to marry a captain, so captains are always having to chase them away to get some peace.

I hope I don’t get seasick, because if I get seasick l can’t be a captain and I’ll have to start working.”