The MS Gojira is not currently under surveillance by a JWF vessel so the balloon launching took place without interference. These balloons are somewhat unwieldy to launch and the vessel should be stopped. Having done this many times when serving in both Canadian Coastguard (CCG) weather ships and occasionally in Merchant Navy (MN) vessels active in the weather watch programme, NAUTICAL LOG knows it can be a tricky operation.
In addition the ice blocking the Ross Sea is under movement and channels will open up. At present there is a narrow opening and the JWF must decide if they are going to have the MS Nisshin Maru enter it to whale in the Ross Sea. The danger in doing that is if the weather changes it can cause ice shifts and the factory ship could quite easily become trapped. This would not please the harpoon hooligans and the nautical thugs would have nothing to do!!