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|Posted By: BilgeDweller|
Posted On: May 28, 2008
|TWIC and USCG Inefficiency|
I applied for my TWIC on 08-FEB-08 at the Texas City location. Of course payment was made and my credit card charged. Not a word to date. Called the TWIC hotline, after 20 minute hold got a representative who said she had no indication of my application. Was assigned a case number and now have been on hold for over 2.5 hours. Another case of wasting taxpayer money for individuals who are already holders of photo ID's and have had both drug tests, background checks and finger prints. Where's Admiral Allen?
|Posted By: Tom Reid|
Posted On: May 22, 2008
I think the "old ways" were the best. When pirates are caught they summarily executed. I think that anyone who decides he will be a pirate must see for himself the penalties for being caught. Piracy is a brutal act on the high seas and, I think, should be dealt with in kind. It seems with most dangerous people the only thing they understand and "get" is summary justice. Kindness and civility does not work with savages. I see that the British Navy was warned about imprisoning pirates on their naval ships because they could then claim "asylum". Ha! fat chance of asylum.
|Posted By: Nick Blenkey|
Posted On: May 9, 2008
Fred Parle was the Chief Engineer of the Svitzer tug held hostage earlier this year, While he was still held, an Irish newspaper published a nice piece about him which you can read here:
Pretty obviously, Fred is better placed than most of us to comment on ths topic!
|Posted By: fred parle|
Posted On: May 8, 2008
|Piracy one mans Solution Part 1|
Piracy the act of, cannot ever be forgiven. The Pirates, Bandits, Militia,etc names they give themselves can and should. Islam recognises Allahs Mercy as being of the supreme importance.So does all other recognised Religions on our Planet.
So why do men and women take to piracy ? Well I have only two acts of Piracy to relate in which I have been involved in, after 51 years of Service in the "British Merchant Navy".One was unsuccessful in Chittagong and one in Somalia, recently was successful. The common goal in both cases was to obtain cash or goods to sell ; poverty, on the part of the pirates was the driving force and not to wound or cause physical damage to merchant seamen. We are seen by them as rich people and there is a large degree of wanting more from life than hanging around streetcorners or scratching a living from the sea.
So in the case of Somalia we spent 47 days incarserated in a steel prison on the deck for most of that time. We were not mistreated but in fact as "precious Cargo" were treated quite well. Our pirates were well behaved in the main and and any infringements were punished by their Captain OMAR by being trussed turkey fashion in the hot sun with no food or water for up to three days. The miscreants were used to this method of keeping them in line and were happy to be accepted back into the team after the period of Punishment was over.
At a risk of boring people out there Ill serialise this submission until I receive some replies. Fred knows all. I am Fred and I am O.K. The Officers and Crewmembers of the 5 US Destroyers who shadowed us during our captivity will know I only want to see an end to Piracy in Somalia and Yemen peacefully. Rgds, Fred Parle c/e
|Posted By: Ancient Mariner|
Posted On: May 2, 2008
|Coast Guard and their Magic Pipes|
Coast Guard CWO pleads guilty in pollution case
David G. Williams, a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and the Main Propulsion Assistant for the Coast Guard Cutter RUSH, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Hawaii to one count of making a false statement, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment & Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Edward H. Kubo Jr.
Looks like someone in the CG has been smmoking the magic pipe.
|Posted By: Hans A. Hansen|
Posted On: Apr 30, 2008
Piracy must be dealt with firmly from both a National and International perspective. Legislation must be set in place to allow for intervention in international waters.
In areas without proper patrolling security companies should be allowed to operate without objection from local governments.
While UN or IMO are not perfect they have to be used as the common ground. The ISPS code was passed without much objection or interaction - and we are now left with a code that hardly does any good. From my recollection it was not a cargo vessel that flew into the WTC. Overreacting does not get us closer to a safe world.
Hans A. Hansen
|Posted By: SpongeBob|
Posted On: Apr 24, 2008
How about a small fleet of hybrid submarines patrolling problem areas. When pirates pop up the put a fish in them. This way no one knows who took them out. Places like Somalia should just be shut down by a blockade. Then they'd wise up. As for the Mallaca Straits, that's a political corruptness situation in many cases with good guys disguised s pirates.
|Posted By: ATHENIAN|
Posted On: Apr 23, 2008
We'd all LIKE to see the pirates hunted back to their on shore homes and wiped out there...but that ain't going to happen. No country advanced enough to have a modern Navy wants to put meaningful boots on the ground in Somalia. The most we can hope for in those terms is the sort of hot pursuit the French just did.
Taking them out at sea in their boats might be made to appear politically acceptable.
In a boat with a gun or other weapon in a predefined security area? Your boat gets sunk and you get to swim for it.
|Posted By: Robert H. Stoner|
Posted On: Apr 22, 2008
|Dealing With Pirates|
Anyone that believes the UN will do anything about stopping piracy on the high seas has been smoking, snorting, or injecting too much dope.
The UN is the most corrupt and inefficent organization on the planet, run by a bunch of buffoons who are accountable to no one.
I have a four point program (with appologies for plagarizing three of them from CDR Dudley W. "Mush" Morton of USS WAHOO in WW2):
1. Find 'em. (Morton)
2. Chase 'em. (Morton)
3. Sink 'em. (Morton)
4. Kill 'em (mine)
The way to do this is with Naval Forces using special operations units and with commercial contractors.
When the pirates keep going out and they don't come back, sooner or later it will occur to even the dumbest pirates that they might reconsider their job choice.
What needs to be done is get the best of the world's naval forces to form an anti-piracy task force with one goal: elimination of pirate scourge by all means possible, whenever, and where ever they are. That includes wiping out the infrastructure that provides aid and comfort to the pirates, both sea and shore based.
Robert H. Stoner, GMCM (SW) USNR-Ret
|Posted By: Capt. Jaap Stengs ret.|
Posted On: Apr 16, 2008
The incident with the yacht LE PONANT shows clearly that cruising war ships will arrive to late to prevent pirates from seizing ships.
My Pirate Protection Plan puts marines on the spot to stop pirates from boarding.
If in the process the pirates are killed, it sends a strong message to others. See my other comment.
The Pirate Protection Plan may save lives and property, cargoes, ships and ransom money.
In the port of Warri, Nigeria I hired seven local armed marines to guard ship and cargo.
Nothing was stolen.
Captain Jaap Stengs ret.
Wijdenes Holland EU.