The Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Marym was trying to refuel when it clashed with three ships of the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd organization in the Southern Ocean as reported in nzherald.co.nz of dated 26th of February 2013.
The Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Marym is owned by the Institute of Cetacean research (ICR) and it seems it was rammed five times by three vessels of the Sea Shepherd namely, and Sam Simon.
However, the Sea Shepherd has rubbished the accusation because, in its opinion, the Japanese ship is a massive 8000-tonnes one while the ships of the SS are very much smaller – hardly 500-tonnes.
The Sea Shepherd insists that it was trying to prevent the Nisshin Maryn from refueling illegally and the Jap ship was the aggressor.
The incident has left the three ships of Sea Shepherd with major damages – the radar of Sam Simon was crushed and a huge crack has appeared in the hull.
On the Bob Barker, there is a massive crack on the deck apart from destruction of its radar and helicopter deck.
The ships have their own footage of the incidents and from that it is evident that it appears that the Sea Shepherd ships were following the collision regulations and that it was the Jap ship which was at fault.
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