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So as we thought here at NAUTICAL LOG the SSS OCEAN WARRIOR has started off Operation Nemesis in true Sea Shepherd style by violating Maritime Laws.  In this case she has been sailing in the Southern Ocean not transmitting on her AIS.   As a result claims to have found a vessel of the Japanese Whaling Fleet amongst the icebergs and ice floes of that area.

There are various Media reports of varying quality that reported this event and about half-a-dozen landed on the NAUTICAL LOG desk.  It seems that the Sea Shepherd vessels have been sailing "blacked out" as regards AIS and in ice and fog found one of the Japanese catcher ships.  With the speed of their new vessel they should be able to keep pace with her and no doubt find the rest of the fleet. 

Sea Shepherd reported that the catcher was hunting minke whales so this in turn could led the two SSS vessels to the factory ship.  In past years this has been the NISSHIN MARU  it is aboard this vessel that the whales are killed and processed - not a pretty picture - so the protest action is no doubt planned for when they find the factory ship.

Why the Australian Government does not send its vessels to prevent the Japanese whaling in the first place is clearly political.  The Australian Federal Court Ruled against the Japanese and declared a fine which has never been paid.  All calls to Australia to send an enforcement vessel of their own Rulings have been resisted so there is considerable sympathy for protest action taken by the Sea Shepherd's which in fact NAUTICAL LOG has a great deal of agreement with.  It is however the nature of these actions always violent under Paul Watson that NAUTICAL LOG strongly objected too. 

Now this new vessel Ocean Warrior has two powerful water cannon which have the capacity and ability too kill or seriously injure persons.  Should these be used and a Japanese whaler be killed or injured would be an extremely serious situation.  One can only hope that this "Captain" Adam Meyerson has the sense not to use them at all, unfortunately all these so called captains are followers of Watson so one has little confidence in them to act wisely.

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Note to Adam Meyerson:

Mr. Meyerson in our research of your qualifications we learned that you are a U.S. Citizen.  In one of your photographs you are wearing the sleeve insignia of a Master Mariner of the British and Commonwealth Merchant Navy.  You are NOT entitled to wear this insignia which is for British and Commonwealth Officers in Command holding a Certificate of Competency as Master which you do not hold. 

NAUTICAL LOG would therefore request that as a courtesy to Masters of  the British and Commonwealth Merchant Navy you discontinue wearing their Merchant Navy insignia. 

Thank you.


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