5 January 2012
Bob Barker activists attempt to sabotage Japanese research vessel Yushin Maru No. 3
On 4 January the Yushin Maru No. 3 (YS3), a Japanese Antarctic whale research (JARPAII)
vessel was subjected to attack by the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker (BB). The attack lasted
from around 1800 to 2330JST.
Around 1800JST activists aboard two rubber boats sent from the BB approached the Japanese
vessel and started to deploy and tow ropes and wires aimed to disable the YS3 rudder and
propeller. The rubber boats cut across the Japanese vessel’s bow more than 30 times and
further deployed buoy-fitted ropes just in front of the YS3 bow 8 times. In addition, during
these actions the radar mast of one of the rubber boats came into contact with the YS3
During the attack the YS3 broadcasted a warning message and made use of its water pump as
a preventive measure to make activists desist from further approaching.
There were no injuries to the Japanese crew. Up to the present damage to the YS3 from the
activists’ attack has not been confirmed.
Japan’s research whaling in the Antarctic (JARPAII) is a perfectly legal activity carried out
under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). The Institute of
Cetacean Research strongly condemns the Sea Shepherd and its continued dangerous and
violent actions against Japanese vessels and crews in the Antarctic.
Once again we call on all related countries including the Netherlands which is the BB’s flag
State, and Australia, the port State of the Sea Shepherd vessels, to take every measure
available to restrain them and deal with their criminal actions in a strict and objective manner
according to their international and domestic obligations.
NOTE: Photos to be attributed to the INSTITUTE OF CETACEAN RESEARCH, TOKYO