Sea Shepherd calls for navy action
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 9:19p.m.
The Australian government must send the navy to Antarctic waters after a Japanese whaling ship was accused of ramming two protest vessels, says former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown.
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says the Nisshin Maru rammed the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker protest ships in the Southern Ocean, north of Australia's Casey Research Station in Antarctica.
Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson posted an item about the alleged incident on his Facebook page this afternoon, and told 3 News the boat was hit “multiple times.”
“[It] has lost power, toppled the main mast, smashed up the deck.”
He alleges the Japanese crew threw stun grenades at the Sea Shepherd ships, but says no one was hurt.
“They’re frustrated we’ve prevented refuelling operations for two days.”
He said both Sea Shepherd vessels were holding their positions although the Bob Barker had been taking on water in its engine room.
Dr Brown, who is a director of Sea Shepherd Australia, told reporters in Melbourne the incident was a “gross breach of international law by the Japanese.”
"I'm calling the Australian government to dispatch naval vessels now - not just to film the slaughter of the whales by the Antarctic fleet but to restore international law breach of international law by the Japanese.”
"Tokyo is not in control of ... Australian waters."
Captain Watson says the Bob Barker, with 38 crew, was hit a number of times as it tried to stop the Nisshin Maru from refuelling.
The confrontation comes after the US Supreme Court this month upheld an injunction ordering Sea Shepherd to keep away from Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean.
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8/03/2013 4:56:20 a.m.
I have followed whale wars for sometime now and I am stunned on how things are escalating. However, I am not surprised that things have reached this levels of confrontation.Practically every episode of Whale Wars have very explicitly shown the aggressiveness,carelessness and utter disregard of safety at sea.I am a seafarer myself and the antics and provocations that Watson's band of pirates blatantly perform in the name of protecting "animals" is by no means justified. The organizations that fund, support and condone these acts of violence are better off channeling there efforts into feeding the countless children in impoverished nations. Why not offer the financial support in protecting the dignity of humans instead of whales.
Regardless of how "noble" Watson and his group claims to be the bottom line is that there actions and tactics are meant to inflict damage and very recklessly create a scenario where lives are at risk.Watson needs to be stopped and I would not be shocked if one day the Japanese may just decide to blow up the Steve Irwin and the Sea Shepherd out of the water. I hope they don't for the sake of rational thinking and common civility.The party that started all of these actions and "wars" where not the Japanese,but Mr Watson who has been at this for years. How wonderful it would be if Mr Watson would devote his life to saving a community of human beings and not a pod of whales,seals,etc...
27/02/2013 8:21:37 p.m.
Robert M wrote:
Having observed the film of the little Sea Shepperd cutters, essentially ships like the Bob Barker and little 1000ton Steve Irwin, a 1976 Scottish Fishery protection cutter which was prototype for the RNs Mk 1 OPV or the Isles class a simple WW2 Corvete like vessel it is obvious they are too small to actively ram the large Japanese whalers and tankers. Sea Shepherd in the funnel between the Jap monoliths does nothing more than bumb and brush its way thru. Naval raming is what the 1973 and 1976 cod wars escalated to when Icelandic cutters and Royal Navy frigates rammed bow first and at a sharp angle with the intention of crippling warships and cutters. Both the HMS Yarmouth and Lincoln were so seriously damaged that the RN immediately offered to sell them to the RNZN if Muldoon approved in 1976. That level of engagement can not be attempted by a civilian coasguard force in the Southern Ocean and it is obvious that the Japanese whalers can only be stopped by RNZN and RAN units. In 1975-6 the British Govt and RN acccused Iceland and its coastguard as being communist and under Soviet direction and both forces threatened to open fire-while by luck and skill their were no casualties. An Iceland cutter put hollow 57mm shells into a Grimsby trawler and in 1975 the RN frigate Leopard trained its 4/5s and gave a 30 sec waring . Nevertheless with the whaling season nearly over, NZ can do more than maintain ships ready to sail south to intervene if their is a major accident, declare a 320km EEZ of the Ross Dependency conjoint to the Aus one Canberra is trying to legitimise in the World Court. Possibly declare a 150km exclusion zone with Australia that Navy ships will not enter unless their is loss of life or a ship in an incident- in which case the whaling and protest parties will be banned from. The real problem is the Key -Grosser govt favours Asian trade and relations over its Western liberal past and concience.
26/02/2013 4:07:05 p.m.
The RNZN Protector fleet were designed to protect whales and fisheries from exploitation in the Southern Ocena. The Wellington performed superbly in trials in the deep south in early 2012 in condtions far rougher than likely to be experienced in the whaling zone. The pathetic MAFT and their toy Minister McCully slanders the RNZN and the OPV design as not being able to do the job in Southern waters. The far less seaworthy ships of Sea Sheperd are giving the Jap whalers and coastguard hell , the RNZN should go there and expose the predatory naturre of the Jap whalers and govt. Ram them boys. Key clearly needs to ride on the wild side and get some action. Expose the gutless hypocritical Grosser.
26/02/2013 7:15:27 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
I agree with @SARAH.I dont think that the Ozzie Navy is going to respond to Mr Watsons request. The Japanese say they only kill whales for research reasons - so far their research has found that the price of "Rare" whale steaks have doubled in the last five years. I suppose that when they have killed all the whales, depleted all the oceans of fish - the Japanese people will still be able to eat their cars and Nuclear plants?
23/02/2013 2:49:54 a.m.
Whales are intelligent creatures. They live social and emotional lives. They have family's. They breathe air and bleed. They love and nuture their young. They are frightened in the face of danger. They swim for their lives when they know they are being hunted. Their brains are 50 times bigger than ours. They feel pain through pain receptors to let them know something is wrong with their body, in order to survive, just like humans. They run from death, as do we, for they wish to live. How dare anybody on the face of this earth ever deny the right of another being to live. We do not own these sentient beings, they live for themselves. And ask yourself, what did you ever do to better mankind with your brilliance, or were you just lucky your ancestors ate meat?
22/02/2013 1:57:48 p.m.
AARON you must be spastic. Hopefully the navy will be sent and they can torpedo the sea shepherd boats and put an end to this attention grabbing antics that will end in tragedy.
21/02/2013 9:17:48 p.m.
Worth reading I think...
21/02/2013 7:38:47 p.m.
Dave Bonner wrote:
"Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson posted an item about the alleged incident on his Facebook page this afternoon, and told 3 News the boat was hit “multiple times.”"
Well, then it has to be the god told truth if Watson posted it on his facebook page. Everyone knows if it is on facebook, it has to be true.......especially coming from Watson.
21/02/2013 5:30:18 p.m.
Anil you egg!!!! what is childish about tryin to save whales from ending up on jap dinner tables? and when was the navy sent ? never thats when, maybe if they did they could arrest the captain of the jap boats for deliberatley using his vessel as a weapon to try and sink sea shepards boats!!!!
21/02/2013 11:04:03 a.m.
Why should joe taxpayer have to fund these clowns by sending the navy? They behave like children.
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