Sea Shepherd denies ramming
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 6:18p.m.
By Rachel Tiffen
The whaling war in the Southern Ocean is heating up and so is the propaganda war.
Both the Japanese and Sea Shepherd have release dramatic footage of their ships colliding, and both sides claim the other was to blame.
Sea Shepherd footage shows its ship moving in as it appears to be boxed in by a Japanese factory ship and its supply tanker.
“Nisshin Maru comes in and pushes and rams our vessels to try and make their way through,” says captain Paul Watson. “So they're the ones making the aggressive move to break through our blockade.”
In the Japanese version, as Sea Shepherd moves in, you hear loudspeaker warnings and see water cannons firing. Then there is a deliberate ramming. The whalers say it was one of about half a dozen, to stop them refuelling.
“That's like having a schoolboy go and kick George Foreman in the knee,” says Mr Watson. “That's an 8000-tonne ship. We're not going to ram it.”
Mr Watson says it comes down to physics.
“What you're seeing there is the Bob Barker between 5000-tonne San Laurel the 8000-tonne Nisshin Maru, and the forces of water. They're hitting us with water canons. They're throwing grenades. We're not throwing any projectiles at them. We're just simply holding our ground and we have every right to do so. We're in the right-of-way.”
But the whalers claim the protesters are well in the wrong, because of a court ruling ordering Sea Shepherd to stay at least 500m from Japanese ships.
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27/02/2013 12:04:13 p.m.
As any boat captain knows, when you bring two moving boats along side one another, suction occurs between them. That's why the Bob Barker appears to heave into the Nishan Maru. The Barker had the recognized right of way and by closing on her, the Japanese caused the collision.
Regarding the court ruling, the Japanese approached the SSCS ship which could make the argument that even had they wanted to back off to obey the U.S. court order, that they were not safely able to do so by the agressive navigation of the Nishan Maru.
27/02/2013 2:37:29 a.m.
I would agree that the SS are vigilantes BUT the NAVY is NOT doing it's job!!!
The Japanese Whalers have no right to be there. When are the governments of Canada, the USA, Australia etc. going to grow a backbone and tell the Japanese government that their Whaling fleets are NOT FOR RESEARCH!! This has got to stop.
26/02/2013 10:21:43 p.m.
Anyone can clearly see that it's the turbulence of the sea that's making the SSS hit the side of the Nisshin Maru. The SSS was just holding its position to block the illegal refuelling of the Nisshin Maru. As for the Japanese court ruling that the SSS stay 500 metres away from the whaling ships - what's up with that??? I'm sorry, but when they have the sheer audacity and arrogance to invade our waters and commit grossly illegal attrocities in the whale sanctuary, then they can shove their 500 metres order where the sun don't shine!!!!!
26/02/2013 7:23:21 p.m.
common sense wrote:
under maritime law seashepherd are wrong regardless of how they try to misslead an ignorant public. As for watsons claims about him being unlikely to ram a bigger opponant. The bob barker is probably stronger built then the Nissin Maru and Watson has a history of ramming whaling boats that dates to his first efforts back in norway. He is risking an enviromental desaster for publicity purposes. This is peobably why the Australian and New Zealand goverment dont want anything to do with it because they know if it came to an inbiased court case Watson would lose.
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