VIDEO: New vessel enters the 'Whale Wars'

Posted on 28 January 2011

godjira_insideThree years ago, the wave-piercing trimaran Earthrace broke the record for fastest circumnavigation by a powerboat, which had been set by Cable & Wireless Adventure.

A year ago, Earthrace - renamed Ady Gil - was involved in a collision as part of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's fleet and wound up on the bottom in Antarctic waters. Now Cable & Wireless Adventure has followed a similar course and has signed on as the newest vessel in the Sea Shepherd fleet.

Click play to watch Sea Shepherd video of Gojira, the group's new "interceptor vessel."

In 1998, the 115-foot Cable & Wireless Adventure set an around-the-world speed record of 74 days, 23 hours at an average speed of 16.5 knots. Earthrace completed its circumnavigation in 60 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes.

Sea Shepherd acquired Cable & Wireless Adventure - reportedly valued at about $4 million - painted it black and in November christened it Gojira, the Japanese pronunciation of the science-fiction monster Godzilla. The record-breaking powerboat is harassing Japanese whaling fleets as an "interceptor vessel" in the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd also had painted the former Earthrace black and was using it to harass Japanese whalers when its bow was sheared off in a collision with a whaling vessel on Jan. 6, 2010. The 78-footer sank, and Sea Shepherd said the Shonan Maru, which it accuses of illegal whaling activities, deliberately rammed it. The Japanese said Ady Gil was struck as it pursued its mission of attacking what the Japanese refer to as a "whale research vessel."

Click here to watch video of the Ady Gil collision.

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Comments (3) Comments are closed
3 Monday, 31 January 2011 21:53
Two wrongs don't make a right...but should the evil doers of the world go unpunished?
2 Monday, 31 January 2011 16:07
Time for the Japaneese to arm their vessels.
1 Saturday, 29 January 2011 14:14
These people (the harassers ) are unhinged folks without a life. They must thrive on the publicity their illegal activity gains them. This is not even freedom of expression, it is pure interference with maritime commerce. Because this happens in international waters, no nation will step in to stop it and, therefore; we have a television series to promote to an audience that must be fascinated by anarchy and is also completely ignorant of what it is like to be alone on the high seas. Many Captains agree that if their ship were attacked, threatened, or touched by them in one of their harassment attacks while at sea, it might be their last, film rolling or not.