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The false reporting continues unabated in The Southern Ocean both by the Japanese Whaling Fleet (JWF) and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). In response to inquires the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) stated that the MS Yushin Maru #3 is in no "imminent danger" it was therefore illegal and false to use the level #1 MAYDAY Distress Call. Since she is apparently disabled by a fouled propeller the level #2 PAN Distress Call would have been appropriate.

As to the SSCS Pirate Group captains "responding" and "standing-by" for 48 hours, to the accident to the MS Yushin Maru #3 that they themselves caused, this is the height of sordid propaganda behaviour. It is quite unworthy of any seafarer and NAUTICAL LOG regards these people with the greatest contempt. Frankly having contacted CAPT. Locky MacLean and exchanged e-mails, we had expected a much better standard of behaviour but it appears he is tarred with the same brush as his cult leader 'Wats-his-name' just another person of worthless behaviour. As to CAPT. Alex Cornelissen he has shown his attitude for years and is at present a fugitive from the Canadian Court System due to his activities against sealers, which indirectly caused several deaths.

Now we have the situation of a Japanese vessel on the High Seas suffering an unprovoked attack by pirate vessels. One of these vessels is the MS Bob Barker Flag State The Netherlands, the other MS Gojira Flag State Australia. It would now appear that the Japanese Government must decide what action to take with these two Governments. Those responsible should be treated as pirates on the High Seas and are now absolutely no different than the Somali pirates. They are in fact much worse because they are educated elitist persons with a clear understanding of right and wrong.

Should the MS Yushin Maru #3 need assistance it will be the responsibility of the Nation that covers this part of the World's Oceans which may well be the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre (NZRCC). As a distressed vessel any Port is supposed to be open to them, a situation which could cause further problems, since both the New Zealand and Australian Governments have different Rules of Behaviour for the JWF vessels and the SSCS vessels. At present the MS Steve Irwin is reported as having arrived in Wellington, New Zealand yesterday evening January 05, 2011. The MS Steve Irwin is welcomed with open arms by local Government persons, while the MS Yushin Maru #3 a vessel in distress is barred - contemptible.
Which ever side one tends to support or remain neutral on in these issues of whaling, sealing and blue fin fishing is this really any way to behave to an organised world society. If the International Laws are not applied by Governments against ALL of those involved in The Southern Ocean debacle this 2010-2011 season we can shortly expect to live in a world of degradation ruled by anarchy.

Good Watch.


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