Today's complaint is about the JWF security vessel MS Shonan Maru No.2 entering New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (NZEEZ) at position 49°10' South latitude 172°35' East longitude. There is no problem under International Maritime Law for her to do this as she has the right under the terms of innocent passage. However the peevish SSCS try to make mountains out of mole hills particularly when things are not going well for their anti-whaling operations.
A dramatic appeal was made to the Government of New Zealand to have the MS Shonan Maru No.2 removed from the NZEEZ - not going to happen. The amusing thing is that supposedly in the eyes of the SSCS the MS Shonan Maru No.2 is following the MS Steve Irwin this would mean that they too are in the NZEEZ. So is the SSCS asking the New Zealand Government to remove them as well? Talk about confused thinking these persons are not even close to being logical anymore.
There is also a nonsensical crybaby statement from the latest SSCS captain Siddarth Chakravarty saying the MS Shonan Maru No.2 is "currently harassing" the MS Steve Irwin. What by following them into the NZEEZ?
Clearly not much is being accomplished by Operation Relentless and the SS Australia operations team do not know what to do with one ship the MS Bob Barker severely damaged and unseaworthy, the MS Steve Irwin once again wandering around the Southern Ocean while the JWF is quietly busy catching whales.
The SSCS gave us another laugh this afternoon when Hammerstedt reported that the MS Shonan Maru No.2 followed the MS Bob Barker into the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone at an approximate position of 56°38' South latitude 163°46' East longitude. After 4.7 nautical miles the JWF vessel turned back so that only the SSCS vessel remained within the Australian EEZ.
NAUTICAL LOG wonders why and how it can be wrong for the JWF vessel to enter the EEZ but not the SSCS vessel both having the right of innocent passage. These persons need to read, learn and follow the Right of Innocent Passage and stop trying to conn the uninformed public with false statements in these peevish reports. Perhaps Hammarstedt got more shaken up by that collision than he thought and the added stress of navigating an unseaworthy vessel. One might notice in all this there is no mention of SSCS anti-whaling activity so Operation Relentless is back to being Operation Useless again.
The JWF has the Sea Shepherd ships running scared methinks!!