Up until recently I thought only the Gulf of Aden could become a nightmare for a sailor. However as itís turned out itís no better than that on the Black Sea too. The problem there is that itís not the pirates who are raging but the Georgian border control men
who stop almost every vessel which goes near georgian territorial waters. And they absolutely donít care that the vessel goes across the neutral waters without any trespassing.
Well, when we found ourselves in such conditions our skipper
decided not to stop at first but the idiots started to fire shots at us! They even wounded one of the crew... Actually we were forced to make a stop. And you know what we were accused of? Of trespassing the banned waters of Abkhazia! Although we never came close to them at all!! However all the arguments and proofs of our old man never changed anything. The georgians offered us two options: either to pay a fee or theyíd convoy us to one of their seaports. Skipper
chose the first option. Well, indeed itís better to lose some of the money
than to mess the whole thing up.
But frankly speaking I believe, we were lucky... the dry cargo carrier my friend is on was detained twice and both times the ďfeesĒ were so great that the crew lost
half of their salary!
Imho, this ought to be put an end to! Isnít there any way to make Georgia
stop the lawlessness?