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25 Feb: As of 1400 AEDT, the Nisshin Maru attempted another refuelling operation for the Japanese whale poachers in Australia’s Antarctic Territory, with a massive Japanese Naval Ship, the Shirase, available for backup.

The Nisshin Maru has caused at least three collisions: twice with the Bob Barker, shoving the ship into the Sun Laurel at 1448 AEDT and 1516 AEDT, and ramming the Sam Simon at 1715 AEDT.

The Bob Barker has sustained major damage from being sandwiched between the Nisshin Maru and the fuel tanker Sun Laurel. The engine room is now visible through a crack in the floor of the galley. The Sam Simon has massive scratches and dings along their hull, and a smashed satellite dome.

The three Yushin Maru harpoon ships crossed the bows of Sea Shepherd Ships trailing propeller-foulling lines. The Sam Simon, Steve Irwin, and Bob Barker have had flooding in their engine from the Nisshin Maru’s water cannons. The Nisshin Maru threw a flash bang grenade that exploded off the port stern of the Sun Laurel, leaving large black charred marks.

The Sun Laurel has packed away their crane and fenders for the day, meaning that Sea Shepherd has now successfully blocked a third attempt to refuel a whaling fleet illegally operating in contravention of an Australian Federal Court ruling prohibiting whaling in Australian Antarctic Territory.

Captain of the Bob Barker, Peter Hammarstedt, commented, ‘Once again the Nisshin Maru deliberately collides with the Bob Barker - three times in fact. Structural damage sustained in the galley, focsle as well as to one port facing porthole. No damage below the waterline. No injuries on board. Illegal refueling of the Nisshin Maru has been thwarted for a fourth time. Proud of my crew for continuing to stand their ground.’

See pics in letter order and video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEVUEQ3SDyU

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Yesterday on Tasmanian Times, Greg Hunt: Government continues to ignore whaling risk

Bob Brown: Why won’t Australia stop the whalers?