M21 is now cordially invited to disown this act of eco terrorism on a foreign flag ship in international waters.A PROTEST ship in the Southern Ocean has rammed a Japanese whaling vessel in what protesters say is the most intense clash the two groups have ever had.
Ramming a ship is in direct contravention of international law, of the maritime regulations of free passage and of international regulations regarding separation of ships at sea. That he was this close to the Japanese ship means that he has broken several laws that specifically state that ships are NOT to get within close approach distance at any time.
Paul Watson has now offiically committed a criminal act, and is now in a position to have his license removed.The Dutch authorities might also want to ask him what he was doing so close to a foreign flag ship in international waters.
"Forced"? That's an interesting lie.Captain Paul Watson, from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said his ship, the Steve Irwin, was forced to hit the Japanese ship Yushin Maru No. 2 about 8.30am (AEDT).
Mr Watson said his protest ship was trying to stop the Japanese from pulling a whale onto a ship when the clash happened.
Maybe you should obey the laws governing international shipping
You were too close. You would be happy to see the ship sink and watch the sailors drown, all in the name of Mother Gaia. You're a terrorist and a criminal."The Yushin Maru No. 1 was transferring the whale up the slipway and we were trying to block that transfer and the Yushin Maru No. 2 just shot right in front of us," Mr Watson said, speaking via satellite phone.
Then you were way too close.You have just admitted to conduct that by rights should see you stripped of your maritime license."I couldn't move to starboard without hitting the vessel and I couldn't move to port without hitting them.
Much to your intense disappointment"I tried to back off, but it was too sudden and we ran right into their stern ... they threw themselves right in front of us. There wasn't anything we could do". Mr Watson said he crushed a railing at the back of the Japanese ship but was unaware of anyone being injured.
That's a nice way of sugar coating criminal activity.He said in the five years his ships had been confronting the Japanese in Antarctic waters, this season had seen the most extreme clashes. "This has certainly been the most intense confrontation we have had with the Japanese whalers over the last five campaigns we have had down here," Mr Watson said.
"We have never seen them this aggressive. They are obviously frustrated at the money they are losing and they have been ordered to do whatever needs to be done in order to prevent us from preventing them from killing whales."
Translation: they have had a guitful of you and are exercising their right to self defence.
What was your helicopter doing over their ship, Mr Watson?Mr Watson has accused Japan of using a Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) weapon, which fires loud bursts of sound, at his crew and a helicopter.
So why was it so close to a ship in free transit in international waters, pray tell? Those weapons are short range only."They used the LRAD twice on a helicopter. That is an extremely irresponsible thing to do because they could bring down the aircraft," Mr Watson said.
Correct, sir, and thank you for stating the truth.Glenn Inwood from Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) said he was not aware the vessels had struck each other, but the whalers had to be able to defend themselves."There is nothing about attacking here. It is all about defending the vessels against Sea Shepherd," Mr Inwood said.
Again, correct."It is an absolute right of any vessel to defend itself against maritime criminals and that is all that Japan has been doing. "They are committing acts of terror on the high seas under the flag of the Netherlands and Japan has not attacked anyone here."
Excuse me..you rammed their ship. You were too close to their vessel.It is your responsibility as ship's captain to see to it that a collision does not happen.But Mr Watson said he was in no doubt Japan had attacked his ship. "They came in and attacked us. We have a lot of cameras on board, and this is all being recorded ... there is no mistaking what they were doing," he said.
The only extrapolation is that you did it deliberately and you are now LYING
I wonder what the maritime authorities will have to say after they examine the case of just how it was that you came within collision distance of another vessel in open ocean in international waters, in direct contravention of maritime law.
I'd also be interested to ask what that helicopter was doing, and to see if there will be an enquiry into the pilots actions. He may find himself grounded.