Sunday, February 2, 2014

TACTICS ATTACKED

JWF catcher ships chasing SSCS ships


overtaking and crossing at speed


crossing close ahead at speed


 
Trailing steel cable
 
montage of impact attack
 
It appears that the SSCS tactics against the JWF are now proven effective.  At 0650 AEDT the JWF catcher ships MS Yushin Maru, Yushin Maru No.2, Yushin Maru No.3 ran at close quarters to both the MS Bob Barker, Peter Hammarstedt and MS Steve Irwin, Siddarth Chakravarty.  These two SSCS vessels are blocking the slipway of the MS Nissin Maru and effectively preventing whales being hauled on board for butchering.  The attack lasted about two hours during which it is claimed by SSCS the MS Bob Barker was hit by the MS Yushin Maru No.2 as she crossed her bow at speed.

These attacks took place at 68° 40' S. Latitude and 163° 43'W. Longitude  According to the SSCS Report the JWF catchers overtook the Sea Shepherd ships from astern crossed the bow and came as close as three to five metres.  However as described above one came even closer.  Since all the ships involved were maneuvering and altering course it is not really possible to blame one ship coming in contact with another.  Clearly a "both to blame" situation but of course one should not normally cross so close ahead of another vessel but then what is "normal" during whaling season in the Southern Ocean.

Also it appears the JWF ships were reversing tactics against the SSCS ships by dragging steel cables in the hope of fouling the SSCS ships propellers (see the photos above and raw footage of the impact on the SSCS website).  NAUTICAL LOG understands that the SSCS ships are still blocking the slipway and hopes that tactic continues to be effective in preventing whales being slaughtered.

Good Watch.

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