ABS, RS to work on Arctic LNG ships

AGXWalrus near to Ostrov Peschanyy

Russian Northern Sea Route near Ostrov Peschanyy

Photo: Adrian Flanagan Alpha Global Expedition

CLASSIFICATION societies ABS and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) are to jointly develop of classification rules for Arctic LNG Carriers under a wide ranging cooperative agreement between the two IACS members.






An Appeal To Reason, A Cool Look At Global Warming


This is an important book, not least because it presents a view for reason which has been censored in many countries. The author begins by saying that his three previous books, in different genre, were published eagerly by British publishers, but that this latest book was flatly rejected by every British publisher even with the promotion of an outstanding literary agent. His experience has been shared by others who have found difficulty in being published on political and economic subjects in Britain, where their unfashionable views and conclusions have later proved to be well-founded. It is therefore fortunate that the author continued his search for a publisher with determination. Peter Mayer, the proprietor of The Overlook Press in New York, is to be thanked for having the courage to stand against a new and intolerant fundamentalist faith by publishing “An Appeal To Reason” through the old-established London publishing house, which he also owns. The Church of Global Warming will undoubtedly rage against a very well-reasoned book and may claim that the father of a television cook is hardly qualified to write on the subject, and that his heretical views should be ignored by all sane people. Of course the author is very well qualified to write on the subject and to hold a view. As an intelligent human he is able to read work from others on the subject, conduct his own research and to form an opinion. He is entitled to ask questions when the Church of Global Warming makes generalized and unsubstantiated claims in the hope that no one will notice their inaccuracies. Nigel Lawson also has other qualifications. He was a journalist before he entered Parliament as a British MP in 1974, and he served with distinction in the Thatcher Government that did so much to turn around a moribund British economy and fight off the forces of intolerant national socialism at home and abroad. That service included a period from 1983 as Chancellor of the Exchequer, turning the British economy from a sad basket case into an expanding and well-structured financial force on the world stage, a skill set sorely lacking in the present Government under “Bottler” Brown. Nigel Lawson was created a Lord in 1992 and has served in the House of Lords with distinction as a member of the Lord’s Select Committee on Economic Affairs, which in 2005 produced a significant report on “The Economics of Climate Change”. All of that experience stands behind his latest book.














The holiday Adrian was dreaming of


Adrian with Benji and Gabriel at La Pirogue, Mauritius

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Gabriel’s first sailing lesson

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Gabriel and Louise

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Adrian and Benji in the canoe

In an article published in the Telegraph at the end of last year asking well known adventurers what they were dreaming of having for Christmas, Adrian described the holiday we have just had. www.mauritius.net

I have been staying at La Pirogue in Mauritius every year since December 2005 at the outset of The Alpha Global Expedition. A real ‘Expedition Manager Rookie’ way back then, the hotel did everything to help me. This included the loan of an office, computer and IT support. I can’t write too much about how wonderful this tropical island paradise hotel is or how gracious and welcoming the staff are because otherwise everyone will want to go there. www.lapirogue.com

During our trip this time, Adrian was interviewed by L’Express newspaper (one of the main Mauritian papers) on the coconut palm fringed white sand beach sitting on a sunbed! tinyurl.com/5ondwv (in French).

Now we are back – Adrian has submitted the main body of ‘Over The Top’ to his publisher. He returns to Mehamn to resume and complete the AGX on the 28th April setting sail on the 1st May. The remainder of the journey will hopefully take no more than 4 weeks and he will return home to The Royal Southern Yacht Club at the end of May/Beginning of June.

Louise Flanagan