On another issue entirely but still helping, the JWF needs supplies mainly fuel to top the tanks of the MS Nisshin Maru. She in turn can refuel the three catcher ships. A tanker that has been chartered, loaded and dispatched from Japan has now arrived in The Southern Ocean. She is the MT Sun Laurel Panama Flag State, IMO #9405631 and is reported at position 62 degrees 43 minutes South latitude and 178 degrees 33 minutes West longitude. In accordance with maritime law she is not allowed to proceed south of 60 degrees South Latitude to fuel any vessel. This means that a rendezvous point must be established to refuel the factory ship MS Nisshin Maru which does not violate International Maritime Law.
As usual 'Wats-his-name' uses dramatic language to describe the meeting up with this vessel as "interception" and "cuts off supplies" when in fact SSCS is only steaming along observing the MT Sun Laurel from the SSCS vessel Gojira. As long as any at sea transfer refuelling takes place north of 60 degrees South latitude nobody, least of all 'Wats-his-name', as anything to complain about. Should the SSCS Pirate Group interfere with these transfer operations they would risk an extreme maritime disaster in a highly sensitive region. It is very doubtful therefore if the Pirate Group can actually risk taking any action to prevent the at sea refuelling transfer operation.
This is one of the reasons NAUTICAL LOG had hoped the Government of New Zealand would detach at least one unit of the Royal New Zealand Navy to patrol and monitor activities in the region. Now there is risk of some ill advised action with a huge environmental impact - truly a cry for help.