Super Trawler Activity: Whale Death Speculation

December 2, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE A report relayed to us from one the sites regular contributor’s flags up detail of what appears to be a young Minke whale, carcass very bloodied, washed up on the shores of Omney Island, west Galway. There are

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Sea Monster Heads West

November 14, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE With communities up the west coast of Ireland and Scotland battening down the hatches the seafarers on that sea leviathan of a trawler the Margaris are still working it seems off the west of Donegal. It would seem

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‘The Outlaw Ocean’ Is It Closer to Home?

November 6, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE As part of my cooperation with New York Times journalist Ian Urbina earlier this year in which we highlighted exploitation of mariners I publicised Ian’s articles well researched series in the NYT entitled ‘The Outlaw Ocean’ (links):

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Manx Mystery Missile Ship

December 30, 2011

The Celtic League has warned the Finnish authorities that it has been alleged in the past that munitions carried on Manx registered vessels have been transhipped before reaching their alleged destination. The move comes after the Finns detained a Manx vessel carrying Patriot

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Manx Arms Shipping Case Exceptional Allege Finnish Police

December 24, 2011

Manx authorities moved swiftly this week to downplay the news story about a Manx registered vessel being held by authorities in Finland after being found to be carrying arms and explosives. However the story will not `go away’ and yesterday Baltic news sources

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The Mouse That Roured

November 21, 2011

It has been announced that Manx-flagged vessels will, in line with their UK counterparts, start to carry armed guards to counter piracy. The Isle of Man has a substantial shipping register with vessels plying their trade globally and Manx registered vessels have faced

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League EU Maritime Safety Call Vindicated

July 25, 2011

A sensationalised headline in the United Kingdom Sunday Mail today purports to have uncovered a plan by the EU to `scupper’ the UK Coastguard. However the truth is somewhat more prosaic. The EU has for several years now been developing a coordinated approach

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EMSA: League Express Maritime Safety Concern

December 26, 2010

The Celtic League has written to the European Maritime Safety Agency to express concern at the United Kingdom government’s decision to withdraw funding for emergency towing vessels (ETVs) from next year. ETVs were introduced by several European governments several years ago following a

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Stranded Submarine: League Warning Prophetic

October 26, 2010

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE STRANDED SUBMARINE: LEAGUE WARNING PROPHETIC Today’s incident off Skye involving a stranded British nuclear submarine is just the type of incident we had warned about when three weeks ago we cautioned against any cuts to the provision of

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Chemical Tanker Incident Highlights ETV Cut Concerns

October 18, 2010

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE CHEMICAL TANKER INCIDENT HIGHLIGHTS ETV CUT CONCERNS Just days after the Celtic League warned the United Kingdom government about the dangers of making any cuts to maritime salvage and recovery assets (ETVs) there has been a dramatic reminder

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