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Anti-whaling protest boat sinks after collision

Anti-whaling protest boat sinks after collision

Postby Ghandi » 1/7/10

Anti-whaling activists accuse Japan fleet of attack

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The Sea Shepherd said the bow was sheared off the Ady Gil

Anti-whaling activists have accused a Japanese vessel of ramming their high-tech speed boat during a confrontation in the Southern Ocean.

Video of the incident appeared to show the Japanese ship severely damaging the Ady Gil, but all six crew were rescued.

Earlier the campaigners - who are trying to stop Japan's whaling fleet - said they threw chemicals onto the whaling boat to prevent it being used.

The whalers said the activists tried to tangle their propeller with a rope.

'Whale war'

In recent years the two sides have regularly confronted each other in the waters around the Antarctic.

Sea Shepherd spokesman Paul Watson said the incident had turned the confrontations between the whalers and the activists into a "real whale war".

A statement on the Sea Shepherd website said a Japanese vessel that was accompanying the Nisshin Maru whaler "deliberately rammed" the Ady Gil, a high-tech speed boat that resembles a stealth bomber, shearing off its bow.

The crew of the Ady Gil, five from New Zealander and one from the Netherlands, were picked up unharmed by nearby Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker near Commonwealth Bay.

"The Ady Gil is believed to be sinking and chances of salvage are very grim," the Sea Shepherd statement said.

A video apparently shot from on board the Japanese vessel showed the two ships smashing into each other at speed.

The Ady Gil was swamped by waves, its nose was torn off and damage could be seen to its side.

Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), which conducts the country's whale hunt, accused Sea Shepherd of using the Ady Gil to attack its vessels.

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Confrontations between whalers and activists have heated up over recent years


They alleged the trimaran speedboat came dangerously close to the Nisshin Maru, trying to entangle its rudder and propeller with a rope and launching stink bombs at the vessel.

"The Sea Shepherd extremism is becoming more violent... Their actions are nothing but felonious behaviour," the (ICR) said in a statement.

Japan's fisheries agency said it was the fourth time this season that the anti-whaling activists had interfered with the whaling fleet's operations, Kyodo news agency reported.

The Sea Shepherd group sends boats to Antarctic waters each year to try to stop the Japanese whaling fleet hunting whales.

Japan abandoned commercial whaling in 1986 after agreeing to a global moratorium but international rules allow it to annually kill hundreds of whales under the auspices of a research programme.

Conservationists say the whaling is a cover for the sale and consumption of whale meat.

SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-p ... 442808.stm

Theres also a rather nice video at http://itn.co.uk/18bd8ee909f9cd43c895f0a3d124dd7c.html and you can read sea shepherds version at http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-med ... 105-4.html
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Re: Anti-whaling protest boat sinks after collision

Postby Cetacea » 1/8/10

Is it just me being very cynical about Sea Shepherd or does anyone else think the fact that the boat that is renowned for the fastest circumnavigation in the world could not get out of the way of a whaler is a little strange?
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Re: Anti-whaling protest boat sinks after collision

Postby Ghandi » 1/8/10

Watch the video, its a thing of beauty.

Think they were trying t block the japanese ship but forgot that in the nautical version of rock/paper/scissors steel hull beats carbon fiber. CRUNCH.

I love the fact that Paul Watson is denouncing the "ramming" when sea shepherd proudly print shirts listing the ships they've rammed and sunk.
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Postby Cetacea » 1/8/10

Ghandi wrote:Watch the video, its a thing of beauty.

Think they were trying t block the japanese ship but forgot that in the nautical version of rock/paper/scissors steel hull beats carbon fiber. CRUNCH.

I love the fact that Paul Watson is denouncing the "ramming" when sea shepherd proudly print shirts listing the ships they've rammed and sunk.


Lol, definitely.

Here's another video which I actually find gives a better angle:
http://www.news.com.au/national/japanes ... 5816799311
It might bethe shaky footage, or just the swell/wake that is causing the illusion or maybe my imagination fueled by my dislike of Watson, but does the Ady Gil move forward shortly before it gets hit?

Either way, yes, the whaler is making a bee line for them but the above article states the Ady Gil was running and moving slowly, if it was on, they could have easily avoided collision imo...
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Postby David » 1/8/10

Take Whalers To Court

Whaling dispute must be taken from the high seas to the high courts, says AMCS

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Australian Government to seek an immediate injunction through the international courts to bring an end to the Government of Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean. An injunction against the whalers would also end the clashes between whaling and anti-whaling vessels that resulted in yesterday's collision between the protest vessel the Ady Gil and the Japanese whaling vessel the Shonan Maru 2.

"Diplomacy has failed to end Japan's so-called 'scientific' whaling program which has killed more than 9,000 Antarctic minke and fin whales under the guise of research. The Australian Government must now seek an immediate injunction against the whalers through the international courts," said Darren Kindleysides, Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

International lawyers have demonstrated that Japan's 'scientific' whaling breaks several international laws and treaties and that there is a case for Japan to answer if a country were to challenge them through the international courts.

There is still time for the Australian government to use international law to halt the current whaling season. 'Provisional Measures' could be sought through either the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea or the International Court of Justice that would end Japan's whaling within a matter of weeks.

"The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea can be called upon to issue an injunction to stop the Japanese whalers. The Tribunal could issue an injunction in as little as 14 days which would halt this season's whale hunt and bring an end to the dangerous escalation in the conflict between the whalers and the protest vessels. Australia needs to step up to the plate to seek that injunction," said Kindleysides.

"If the sham that is so-called 'scientific' whaling is to be ended once and for all the whaling dispute must be taken from the high seas to the high courts. The responsibility for challenging Japan's whaling and ensuring international law is enforced rests with government and should not be left to protest organisations. The Australian Government must make good on it's election promises to take Japan to the international courts." Kindleysides concluded.

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Sea Shepherd willfully polluting the Antarctic?

Postby Cetacea » 1/9/10

Whaling Bombshell: Ady Gil Armed With Deadly Arrows; Sea Shepherd 'Willfully Polluting' Antarctic

TOKYO, Japan -- Japanese whalers have accused the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of carrying weapons on the Ady Gil, rejecting claims by the protesters that their state-of-the-art speed-boat had sunk.

The Institute of Cetacean Research released photographs last night of four large arrows they claim were found floating near the Ady Gil, which collided on Wednesday with the Japanese vessel the Shonan Maru No 2.

The text of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research press release follows:

The antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has apparently abandoned reported efforts to salvage or tow to port the disabled New Zealand watercraft Ady Gil. Japan’s research vessels monitoring the area have confirmed that an oily substance thought to be fuel is leaking from the Ady Gil and continues to spread over the sea surface, raising concerns that Sea Shepherd is willfully polluting the Antarctic environment.

The Shonan Maru No. 2 reported that the other antiwhaling ship which had been harassing the Japanese vessel with the New Zealand watercraft, the Bob Barker, initially seemed to be making efforts to tow the Ady Gil. However, the Bob Barker has left the scene abandoning the drifting Ady Gil by the early morning of December 8.

In addition, the Shonan Maru No. 2 retrieved today from the sea part of the severed Ady Gil hull as well as various drifting objects including several bowgun arrows. Bowgun arrows are weapons with the ability to produce casualties if used against a person or persons. The Sea Shepherd activists have been escalating the viciousness of their sabotage including hurling projectiles containing hazardous butyric acid and firing line-launch rockets against Japan’s research vessels. However, their carrying and possession onboard of a lethal-force weapon makes one ponder whether they would hesitate or not to produce casualties.

The Institute of Cetacean Research strongly condemns the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society actions.

The Institute of Cetacean Research urges again all related nations including Australia, the de facto home port country to the Steve Irwin, the Netherlands, the Steve Irwin’s flag state, and New Zealand, the now drifting and abandoned Ady Gil flag state, to take every means available to prevent the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society actions and strongly request that they observe their international obligations and deal with the Sea Shepherd in a strict and objective manner.

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Postby Cetacea » 1/9/10

Good blog entry: Do whales need this war?
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Re: Anti-whaling protest boat sinks after collision

Postby David » 1/9/10

I concur. Interesting point by the Japanese commenter Makiko too:

"If this research program is to be stopped, they need to think of something more effective than harrassing whaling boats and whining every time the whalers defend themselves... they will have to take it to the IWC and have it change the rules of whaling, and make the research illegal."

If the Japanese people don't believe that the whaling being done is illegal then no wonder they are not calling for the end of the whaling. The IWC's lethal "scientific" loophole needs to be closed (for various reasons). But then Japan has said that it will leave the IWC if it is. Then they will have no reason at all to limit their whaling activities. Iceland and Norway will then likely follow suit and then we'll have three nations conducting as much whaling as they like. Basically that is why the loophole exists, which Japan insisted on in the first place.

So, we have at least two main questions to answer.

First, do the Japanese people really have the power to stop the whaling by their country? Japan is not exactly a democracy...

Secondly, how does the rest of the world (especially the U.S. being their closest ally) show the Japanese people that the whaling being done really is illegal and should be stopped without coming off, as we (westerners) often do, as pompous, naive, hypocritical, etc?
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Postby MegapteraNova » 1/10/10

David wrote:So, we have at least two main questions to answer.

First, do the Japanese people really have the power to stop the whaling by their country? Japan is not exactly a democracy...

Secondly, how does the rest of the world (especially the U.S. being their closest ally) show the Japanese people that the whaling being done really is illegal and should be stopped without coming off, as we (westerners) often do, as pompous, naive, hypocritical, etc?


I hate to say it, but I think the only way it will really end is when the older government officials who are steeped in "tradition" die or retire.

That said, it may still not end if people like Paul Watson keep alienating the Japanese people to conservation efforts.


I just hope it can be stopped before it's to late.
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Postby Cetacea » 1/11/10

The collision filmed from the Ady Gil
Video from : youtube.com


According to the person that posted it where I found it, it shows the crew of the Ady Gil being completely taken by surprise and being unprepared- never mind that they filmed the entire approach...
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