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The Tristan Times - Tristan da Cunha
The online newspaper of Tristan da Cunha
  Issue No. 581 Online Edition Thursday 18 December 2014 
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Tristan : Tristan: Public Notice published on Friday 18th January
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 19.01.2013 (Article Archived on 23.03.2013)

We are pleased to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has awarded an honorary MBE to Captain Clarence October, Captain of the MV Edinburgh for his services to the community of Tristan da Cunha.

Public Notice published on Friday 18th January

 



We are pleased to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has awarded an honorary MBE to Captain Clarence October, Captain of the MV Edinburgh for his services to the community of Tristan da Cunha.

 

Clarence is the master of the fishing vessel MV Edinburgh. He was previously the first mate and has been coming to Tristan since 1997. MV Edinburgh is the main supply line to the island and brings passengers and cargo to Tristan six times a year. The vessel also fishes for Tristanís famous lobster at the islands of Gough, Inaccessible and Nightingale. She has a crew of 42.

 

It was MV Edinburgh that first learned that the MV Oliva had run aground at Nightingale in the early hours of 16 March 2011. Clarence and his crew were first on the scene and provided valuable assistance to the Captain to ensure the safety of his crew. The Oliva quickly broke up and sank. Nobody was injured.

 

Over the following weeks an environmental disaster unfolded as 1600 tonnes of fuel and 65000 tonnes of soya beans polluted the waters threatening wildlife around Inaccessible (a World Heritage site) and Nightingale. MV Edinburgh quickly transformed from a working fishing boat to a platform for volunteers to rescue the 3500 penguins and transport them to Tristan for rehabilitation. The hours were long, the circumstances challenging but Clarence showed excellent judgement and sound leadership throughout. The island would not have been able to respond to this disaster without the help of Clarence and his crew.

 

Clarence is deeply respected by the Tristan community and has built up a close relationship with many islanders over the years. We are all delighted that his contribution has been recognised by Her Majesty.

 

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