Today Tuesday 6 March Freewinds left Bonaire (Kralendijk) at 00.14 hrs and at 02.58 tied up north of the Bridge in Curacao (Willemstad). The Willemstad webcam has been down for a while but in any case there would be v little to see.
Her track is shown in detail between these two points which tends to confirms that she had her AIS tracking switched off when in Bonaire. Average speed about 17.4 knots, sometimes as much as 17.7 or 17.8.
Oh dear, just when the Bonaire's bio system was getting some relief from Freewind's scientology sewage, they're back again. I'll bet Sean Paton, local eco-warrior, isn't happy, unless the dumping policy has changed for the better recently.
As much as 17.8 knots eh. That looks like a pretty slow vessel by today's standards (or any standards) doesn't it?. Its original spec says 20kts (don't know if that's cruise or top speed but I think it is pretty likely to be cruise speed otherwise it would be fucking barge).
It's engines are old and inefficient, it's hull is dated (designed before computers) and a compromise cruise-ferry design, fuel is very expensive and prospective OT-VIII's are hard to come by. It must be a big money drain thesedays.
Can Sponge confirm that ships at Kralendijk are normally trackable?
At some point in the history of the tracking that I've used ( http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipde ... =354993000
), trips from Willemstad, Curacao to Kralendijk, Bonaire or Oranjestad, Aruba fell off the tracking as soon as the ship was into open sea (IIRC just north of Curacao when going to Aruba and less than half distance when going to Bonaire). It was obvious where they were going but the tracking never showed them actually getting to those two islands. The tracking would then pick-up at roughly the same area on the return journey towards Willemstad, Curacao (or if sailing past to go directly to Aruba). Without going back and checking I can't quite remember if it was always like that or that it changed. The fact that it went on and off at roughly the same points seems to suggest it is a coverage/range thing with the tracking system (unless they run to a highly disciplined Operating Thetan routine and turn it off manually at exactly the same points everytime
Today though, on that site above, it shows the full track all the way from Bonaire to Curacao