Local Eco Warrior drafted
Whitsunday eco-warrior Libby Edge is drafted into the Green Army with a funding promise from the Liberal National Coalition.
Libby's environmental clean-up operation, Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc, and her mission to clean up marine debris from the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef waters impressed visiting Shadow Environment Minister, Greg Hunt accompanied by Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen.
Mr Hunt discovered the work Eco Barge Clean Seas is doing and promised that, if elected, the Liberal National Coalition would fund the Eco Barge under the Green Army program with a coordinator and nine trainees for 25 weeks.
Liberal National Coalition Leader Tony Abbott, who has also crewed on Eco Barge, announced the Green Army as a means of helping the environment while training young people in preparation for work.
"The work that Libby and her volunteers do for the Whitsundays makes an immediate positive impact on the marine environment," Dawson MP Mr Christensen said.
"That fits in perfectly with the Liberal National Coalition's policy for Direct Action for the environment."
"I have had the pleasure of going out with Libby and the Eco Barge and cleaning up some of the beaches and you've only got to look at the volume of debris that comes back on the vessel to understand what a difference it makes," Mr Christensen added.
Arctic passage; again
Three men who sailed from Newfoundland through the arctic's Northwest Passage are to be congratulated. However, their claim that they "for the first time navigated the once-frozen Northwest Passage, a perilous Arctic route made accessible only because of melting caused by global warming" is clearly wrong as is their further claim that it was "the first time a vessel other than an icebreaker had breached the passage."
The Northwest Passage, the northern-most waterway on the edge of the Canadian Northwest Territories, was first sailed by Roald Amundsen during his 1903-06 voyage. Later, Canadian schooner St Roch set out from Vancouver in 1940 and reached Halifax, Nova Scotia, 28 months later. The 1944 return journey by the St Roch was accomplished in one season, taking only 86 days.
They failed to mention they followed U.K. maritime legend Captain David Cowper; age 70, solo navigating aboard Polar Bound through McClure Strait while on his fourth Northwest Passage through the ice chocked 2012 Arctic.
In 1986-89 Captain David Cowper did it single-handed on his yacht as part of a circumnavigation of the world and in 1990 was voted Yachtsman of the Year.
In 2009 Cowper completing the Northwest Passage single-handed for the third time. He is also the only person to have done it solo in a single season (in 2009) and the first person to have completed an east to west and west to east single-handed transit.
In 1979-82, Kenichi Horie in 'Mermaid' was the first person to do it solo, but took two years having been frozen in.
So, basic history puts the heat on their stated objective of their journey "through the Canadian Arctic on their quest to document the rapidly dwindling polar ice and to bring awareness to the effects of global warming," a theory that might be on thin ice.
NASA officials say the passage known as the Parry Channel, connecting Baffin Bay to M'Clure Strait is the route through the Arctic "most conducive" to large-scale shipping.
Cat mentioned last week is not the first feline to surreptitiously take to the sea as a stowaway. In April 2011, a cat that vanished from his home in New Zealand was found stowed away in a container in Australia after a voyage of 18 days and more than 2,200 miles. Likewise in November 2009, a cat was found in a container unloaded in the British port of Felixstow after a after a 3,000 mile journey from Egypt.
Notice to Mariners
Hay Point pilotage area - Mariners are advised that diving operations will continue at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal until December 23. The dive team will be operating from the vessels 'MV Shadows' and 'Landing Barge Clam' undertaking clearance of the seabed of debris and the replacement of the cathodic Anode System.
A report of activities and daily position to Hay Point VTS and maintain a listening watch on VHF channels 14 and 16. AUS charts 249, 250 & 823
Just give me the facts!
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored," British author Aldous Huxley, "Proper Studies", 1927
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