The issues of remote Southern Ocean rescues - what do you think?

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 24 Jan 2013

The issues of remote Southern Ocean rescues - what do you think?

In this week's rescue of Alain Delord, it was a deluxe cruise ship that veered almost 700 nm out of its way, depriving its 100 or so deluxe passengers of part of their journey. But, although lights were seen not far from where the incident took place, they didn't answer their radio and Orion was the nearest craft that could have saved Delord's life.

Rescue of Alain Delord  .. .

Overriding all of these tales hovers The United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea. It is not only time-honoured tradition, but now international law that 'every State must require the master of a ship flying its flag to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger of being lost and to proceed to the rescue of persons in distress.'

The cruise ship had no choice, and honoured both the tradition and the UN Convention. The passengers on that ship, who had paid over $1,000 a day for their journey, were deprived of visiting Macquarie Island and arrived back in Hobart three days before schedule. Who should suffer? The Cruise Ship Owners? The passengers? The uninsured sailor who has lost his boat and is plainly broke? The relevant government – Australia – who had the SOLAS responsibility?

These are unresolved issues that keep recurring whenever there is a remote rescue. What do you think?

A nice avalanche of other news around the world this week: The latest list of ten biggest superyachts makes interesting reading; a young Laser sailor has been given a new chance at a record by UK Sailmakers; a piracy report with not a single Somali attack on yachts; the Ocean Cruising Club has announced its awards giving a string of wonderful tales; there's a feature on the new Bavaria 56; and some practical articles on stain removal on your boat and issues with the dreaded head.

That's just the 'tip of the iceberg'. Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

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French sailor rescued from Southern Ocean Team,
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Orion on rescue mission to save French sailor
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Orion, a small luxury cruise ship, is on course to rescue a French sailor aboard a liferaft around 500 nautical miles south of Tasmania. An Australian Maritime Safety Authority plane discovered Alain Delord's raft floating on the southern ocean after his single-handed voyage around the world came to an end when his yacht lost its mast with a hole created on it.... [more]
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Coming to a head - issues of onboard toilets
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Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
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