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AIS and treasure hunters

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

  1. airship

    airship Senior Member

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    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