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AIS and treasure hunters

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by airship, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. airship

    airship Senior Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    French Riviera...
    The BBC reports that the Spanish authorities have just detained a salvage vessel owned or operated by Odyssey Marine (a treasure-hunting company whose claims to ownership in the recent recovery of a huge treasure-haul from a wreck identified only as the "Black Swan" are now being disputed in a US court), the Odyssey Explorer, when leaving Gibraltar.
    Doesn't the AIS apply to such "salvage vessels" anyway? Perhaps the information the Spanish are looking for already exists on a database somewhere? If the AIS was switched off, or is switched off again in the future on similar treasure-hunters, would Spain (or anyone else) have the right "to shoot first and ask questions of any survivors later" in true post 9/11 spirit...?! :D