Does this look suspicious?
Last night at 12:36am, 23 December 2020, residents in East Christchurch were awakened by a sharp quake (situated close to this author’s home and very strong).
Checking the Christchurch Quake Map today revealed an ongoing seismic swarm throughout the day south of Chatham Rise in the general area that saw lots of activity in the aftermath of the big quake and throughout the aftershock sequence.
Cross referencing with a nautical tracking app shows a ship marked as “special vessel” but out of range for full identification, lurking in the general vacinity. Reminiscent of Anadarko’s Aquila exploration ship in a similar location back in 2011…and the Reflect Resolution in 2010…
Is this suspicious?
Now the mystery ship is in range, my suspicions are confirmed. This is a “Research and survey” vessel the Laura Bassi: LAURA BASSI (Research/Survey Vessel) Registered in Italy – Vessel details, Current position and Voyage information – IMO 9114256, MMSI 247405400, Call Sign IBDS | AIS Marine Traffic
Check out the gear this beast carries: