What is going on in the Southern Ocean with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and New Zealand involved in the anti-whaling Operation Relentless this year. Perhaps it is the fact that everyone down there in the Southern Hemisphere is going around up-side-down and the blood is rushing to their collective heads.
The latest propaganda is a Report from the SSCS MS Steve Irwin in which its Master Siddarth Chakravarty states that the vessel is now free of the Japanese Whaling Fleet (JWF) security vessel MS Shonan Maru No.2 tailing them and so is able to resume the hunt for the MS Nisshin Maru the JWF factory ship. To do what?
In a previous Report they said they were positioned near the slipway of the MS Nisshin Maru and preventing the whales being hauled on board for slaughtering. This is where yet another Report said the JWF vessels attacked them and the MS Bob Barker - now an unseaworthy severely damaged ship still at sea - was in collision with the MS Yushin Maru No.2. Are the SSCS telling us all that they ran away in fear of the JWF ships and once again lost contact with the MS Nisshin Maru ?
NAUTICAL LOG really does wish these persons would get their story lines together and at least have their propaganda Reports make a degree of sense because at present they are laughable and making no sense.
Not content with all this inaccurate peevish propaganda from SSCS the New Zealand Government in the persona of New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has told the Japanese Government that the entry into the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (NZEEZ) by a JWF ship is "repugnant" and may have "relationship consequences". He did not mention that the MS Steve Irwin refueled at the Port of Dunedin, South Island NZ according to the local Otago Daily Times in its February 09, 2014 edition.
Is this a case of diplomacy Southern Hemisphere style? If the pirate ships of the SSCS can enter the NZEEZ with their long history of violent confrontations and ramming ships - see their T-shirts for that record - then what is good for the goose is good for the gander and the JWF can make an innocent passage through the NZEEZ as well.
Minister McCully did trigger a response from a representative of the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) that "the moves of the JWF vessels are being made with the full approval of the Japanese Government". No surprise there!! He went on to confirm that each JWF vessel now has a detachment of the Japan Coastguard and the Japan National Police on board. Both these organisations are paramilitary forces in Japan.
NAUTICAL LOG believes it is fair to say that this season the SSCS vessel crews are running scared of the JWF knowing that they will be dealt with very firmly if detained by the JWF vessels, arrested by paramilitary forces on board them and brought to Japan for trial. The SSCS anti-whaling Operation Relentless is not very effective when they make contact with the factory ship only to then run away when confronted by the JWF vessels. At least they could stop making false propaganda Reports and concentrate on accomplishing their anti-whaling objectives.