by Simon Evans, Chief Officer
All vessels working at sea are registered with a Flag (Country) and have a governing body that control the regulations and provide guidance for the vessel to operate. The RRS James Clark Ross is registered in Stanley, Falkland Islands and the governing body is the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency). The MCA produce lots of guidance and information to British Flagged ships. One Marine information note (MIN 475) that was published provided the following Information:
“Commemoration of the First World War Centenary
In line with a request from the Secretary – General of the International Maritime Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on 28 June 2014, all vessels at sea, if practical, are requested to fly flags and ensigns at half mast, to indicate mourning in remembrance of the Centenary of World War I.
Vessels moored in harbours are encouraged to use a remembrance sound signal on the same day as may be decided and permitted by the local port authorities, at 1700 h UTC (1900 h Middle European Time/MET), being the hour of the first shot fired in the conflict, to commemorate the Centenary.”
As the JCR was at sea we flew the ensign at half mast yesterday.
Images: Ensign at half mast (photo by Simon, 28 June 2014)