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Wednesday, November 09, 2005
  Greenpeace; keeping the environment safe from everyone...but themselves

I guess when you are saving the world for the children, er, child-porpoises you can't be bothered with little issues like safely navigating your vessel in unfamiliar waters.
For the non-sailing/non-Navy geeks, there is a little publication called Notice to Mariners (there is even an on-line version for goodness sakes). The NTM comes out each week with updates and changes on all nautical objects; buoys, lights, soundings, etc. Competant Navigators maintain their charts. When receiving new charts, especially from non-NOAA entities, one of the first things you do is to update the charts to the latest NTM!

When you receive a chart, it may be based on a survey that can be over 40 years old. The NTM is the mechanism that a Navigator uses to keep a chart current after it is published/surveyed.

I guess competance does not matter when you are trying to 'save the world'

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Greenpeace fined for reef damage: "Environmental group Greenpeace has been fined almost $7,000 (£4,000) for damaging a coral reef at a World Heritage site in the Philippines.

Their flagship Rainbow Warrior II ran aground at Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, in the Sulu Sea, 650km (400 miles) south-east of Manila.

Park officials said almost 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of reef had been damaged.

Greenpeace agreed to pay the fine, but blamed the accident on outdated maps provided by the Philippines government.

'The chart indicated we were a mile and a half' from the coral reef when the ship ran aground, regional Greenpeace official Red Constantino told AFP news agency.

'This accident could have been avoided if the chart was accurate,' he said, adding, however, that Greenpeace felt 'responsible' for the damage."
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