The harassment of the Japanese Whaling Fleet continues in spite or perhaps because of the sinking of the DFC "Ady Gil". These are photos from the Japanese website www.icrwhale.org/ of the latest SS-PG vessel MS "Bob Barker". As you can see she is trailing an entanglement line aft, pretty much standard procedure for SS-PG vessels.
Today Mr. Barker expressed some discomfort about SS-PG operations, how his money has been spent and the possibility of lives being lost. It is always good business to first investigate how ones money is going to be used before dispensing it. Didn't these people learn anything from the Madoff, Stanford, Rothstein crowd.
UPDATE January 08, 2010:
A NAUTICAL LOG contact in France has heard a rumor, note rumor, that France has dispatched its Ocean Patrol Ship FNS "Albatros". This vessel is a converted deep-sea fishing trawler converted by the French Navy and assigned to TAAF. Since there are understandings with both South Africa and Australia to share patrol duties it would now seem likely that Australia will also dispatch naval vessels to represent their interests in the Southern Ocean. In addition, since the DFC "Ady Gil" was NZ Flag State, New Zealand naval vessels may also be dispatched. Australia and New Zealand are jointly investigating the collision incident already. While by its Constitution Japan is restricted in dispatching its Maritime Self Defence Force it could dispatch Japan Coast Guard vessels to protect its Whaling Fleet.