SEA Shepherd’s fastest ship has docked at Henderson for some much-needed repairs after 93 days in Antarctica.
Ocean Warrior worked alongside the organisation’s flagship vessel the MV Steve Irwin on the organisation’s 11th anti-whaling campaign, Operation Nemesis.
Captain Adam Meyerson said the new ship had docked in Henderson at a private dock.
“It’s getting a few repairs by a local company, Strategic Marine who are also doing warranty work on the new boat,” he said.
“It’s only about six months old. It was built in Turkey. It costs about $12 million.”
Built in 2016, Ocean Warrior is 54m long, has a powerful water cannon and can reach speeds of more than 30 knots.
It is the first new and custom-made ship in Sea Shepherd’s Global fleet and Operation Nemesis was its first campaign.
“We were in Antarctica patrolling the Australian whale sanctuary looking for Japanese hunters,” Capt Meyerson said.
“We found them near the western end of Co-operation Sea between the Mawson and Davis Bases; well inside the Australian Whale Sanctuary.
“The boat really proved itself. It was quite a feeling finally being able to run down a harpoon ship and them having no-where to go.
“They just stopped and sat there to see what we were going to do.
“We chased them around for about 21 days along with the Steve Irwin but about 100 nautical miles apart.
“We didn’t see any whales being killed but we found blood and guts in the water near the Davis and Mawson bases.
“But our chopper did get photos of a dead minke on the back of a Japanese whaling ship.”
“We also found their ships with their harpoons uncovered. They are only uncovered if they are being used.”
Ocean Warrior will spend about two weeks in Henderson before it moves a little further north where it will dock in Fremantle and be open to the public.