GP inflatables harassed, Oceanic Viking arrives
Southern Ocean, Antarctica ó After delaying the refuelling of the Japanese whaling fleetís factory ship Nisshin Maru this morning, Greenpeace inflatables returned to document boxes of whale meat being transferred to refuelling and cargo vessel Oriental Bluebird, and to continue protesting whaling fleetís refuelling in Antarctic Treaty waters.
As the documentation was in progress, two of the whaling fleetís hunter vessels spent more than an hour performing close-quarter manoeuvres around the small Greenpeace inflatables, to harass the activists, and push them away from the Nisshin Maru and Oriental Bluebird.
While this event was in progress, the crew of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, which was close by, spotted the Australian government ship Oceanic Viking appeared on the horizon. The Oceanic Viking is now near the Esperanza and Japanís whaling fleet.
Dave Walsh, Greenpeace International communications officer on board the Esperanza. Tel: +873 324 469 014 and +47 514 079 86
Sara Holden, Greenpeace International Whales Project leader, on board the Esperanza. Tel: +873 324 469 014 and +47 514 079 86
Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Whales Project leader, Tokyo. Tel: +81-80-5088-2990 (GMT + 9)
Photos are available from Michelle Thomas, + 81 903 593 6979 and video from Michael Nagasaka +81 806 558 4447, both in Tokyo (GMT +9)
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