December 8, 2009
Futuristic Powerboat Will Harass Japanese Whalers
A futuristic powerboat left Australia on Tuesday en route to Antarctic seas on a mission to harass Japanese whalers.
The vessel, named the "Ady Gil" is a futuristic looking boat that resembles something from a Batman film. It was named for the ships benefactor, Ady Gil, who helped acquire the vessel.
On October 17, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society unveiled the Ady Gil as its newest "ocean defense vessel." The boat was previously known as the Earthrace, after setting the world record for global circumnavigation in under 61 days last year.
The vessel joins the "Steve Irwin," which left Australia on Monday in an effort to discourage Japanese whalers.
The Ady Gil has a speed capability of up to 50 knots. Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Founder and the vessel's captain will use the ship to block harpoon ships from killing whales.
"We're very excited that the Ady Gil will be joining the Steve Irwin in Antarctica this campaign," said Watson. "With these two ships, we will mount the most ambitious and aggressive effort to date to obstruct the slaughter of the whales in the Southern Ocean."
"The Ady Gil gives us the speed necessary to catch and stay with the Japanese whaling fleet," said Chuck Swift, Deputy CEO in charge of ship's operations. "We are very optimistic that with these two ships, and some other surprises, we will shut down whaling in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary."
The crew intends to reach the Japanese ships in eight to 10 days and stay in Antarctic waters for about three months, according to AFP.
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