The name Ocean Warrior was selected by a panel of representatives from Sea Shepherd and the Dutch Postcode Lottery from over 1,400 entries in Sea Shepherd’s Name Our New Patrol Vessel competition in March 2016. A raffle was used to select the competition winner from among identical entries, congratulations to Mrs. Smole from the Netherlands!
In October 2015 Geert Vons (Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands) and Captain Cornelissen attended the Keel Laying Ceremony. The Golden Banner, an official token from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, was welded into the hull of the ship as the traditional symbol of luck, and the keel was baptized with a bottle of Champagne kindly donated by the ship builder, Damen.
Sea Shepherd is excited to announce that after 18 months of construction, Ocean Warrior departed Antalya Harbour on September 9th with Captain Cornelissen at the helm. After a two-week stop in the port of Amsterdam – home to Sea Shepherd Global Headquarters – for ship visits and final mechanical adjustments, the Ocean Warrior is now on its way to Melbourne, Australia to prepare for its inaugural campaign in the Southern Ocean!
Your donations help keep the Ocean Warrior fueled and equipped during our two-month maiden voyage to the Southern Ocean where we’ll be preparing for Operation Nemesis. Even the smallest donations can make a difference! Sea Shepherd’s campaigns wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and generosity of our supporters.
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