World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Sea Shepherd disrupts vessels engaged in search

Sea Shepherd disrupts vessels engaged in missing sailor search

Images below...

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT – KYODO SENPAKU KAISHA, LIMITED / THE INSTITUTE OF CETACEAN RESEARCH

The Dutch vessel Steve Irwin has not left the Antarctic and used the distress signal sent from Maritime NZ to locate the Japanese research vessels.

According to Maritime NZ, the Dutch vessel did not respond to the call put out by Maritime NZ, but instead headed to the search area to harass the Japanese vessels.

The Japanese research ships are currently engaged in the search for the missing 30-year-old oiler, Mr Hajime Shirasaki.

The Japanese vessels reported that at 2000hrs (Japan time), Tuesday, 6 January 2009, a darkened and unlit vessel appeared in the search area and was immediately identified as the Dutch vessel, Steve Irwin. The Steve Irwin approached completed darkened and only switched on minimum regulation lighting once it was identified.

The Steve Irwin called the Japanese vessels stating: “We have come to help in the search for the missing crewman”.

The Japanese vessels responded: “We will not accept any help nor cooperation from the Sea Shepherd who has been harassing our research vessels”.

Steve Irwin responded: “We will restart harassing the whaling vessels once the search is over”.

However, the Dutch vessel began to harass and disrupt navigation of the Japanese vessels, even approaching abnormally (to zero point two miles) to the sighting vessel Kyoshin Maru No. 2, which was engaged in the search.

The President of Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, Mr Kazuo Yamamura, said: “Despite our loss and that we are in the midst of a search, the Dutch vessel has begun to disrupt the navigation of our vessels in the search.”

Mr Yamamura said: “There is a distinctly uncaring nature about Sea Shepherd people in that they are prepared to disrupt the search for a missing seaman for their own ends.”

The Director-General of the Institute of Cetacean Research, Mr Minoru Morimoto, said: “Clearly the Netherland’s vessel made use of the distress call and came to disturb our search. This kind of behavior should be condemned for its lack of humanity, and all concerned countries should take the strongest measures against Sea Shepherd, in line with the IWC resolution on safety at sea by taking decisive actions to proteΰt the security of our ΰrews.

Photographs: The Dutch Vessel Steve Irwin approaches the search area without lights, only turning on the minimum regulation lights once it was identified. Photographs to be attributed to the Institute of Cetacean Research, Tokyo, Japan

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN News: Landmark G7 Agreement Pledges 870 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Half By End-2021

A senior UN official welcomed on Sunday, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations’ commitment to immediately share at least 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the acute phase of the pandemic... More>>



OECD: G20 GDP Returns To Pre-pandemic Level In The First Quarter Of 2021, But With Large Differences Across Countries

Gross domestic product (GDP) of the G20 area returned to pre-pandemic level in the first quarter of 2021, growing by 0.8% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020. However, this figure conceals large differences across countries... More>>

Myanmar: ‘Mass Deaths’ Alert As 100,000 Flee Junta’s Heavy Weapons

In Myanmar, international action is needed urgently to prevent “mass deaths” there, after civilians fled attacks by so-called “junta bombs”, a top independent UN rights expert has warned... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs


UN: Tackling Biodiversity & Climate Crises Together And Their Combined Social Impacts

Unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world... More>>


G7: No Major G7 Stock Index Aligned With Paris Climate Goals

New research by CDP and the United Nations Global Compact on behalf of the Science Based Targets initiative calls on the largest G7 companies to take ambitious climate action... More>>


Report: Universal Access To Sustainable Energy Will Remain Elusive Without Addressing Inequalities

During the last decade, a greater share of the global population gained access to electricity than ever before, but the number of people without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa actually increased... More>>