Created: Monday, 07 March 2016
By Captain Siddharth Chakravarty
Capt. Sid Chakravarty holds the Interpol Purple Notice, issued to the Viking in 2014 for illegal fishing activities. Photo: Tim WattersThis morning the F/V Viking came into the anchorage in the port of Jakarta, Indonesia. From the bow of the Steve Irwin, I watched her meander through the vessels and head for a spot just a few hundred meters from where I was. The F/V Viking is an illegal fishing vessel and has been a wanted vessel for more than a decade. From the anchorage the vessel is expected to head into port for an investigation into her fishing crimes, after which she will be sunk by the Indonesian navy for breaching national and international law. Since 2003, this vessel has been fishing illegally in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans and the limitations of international law have allowed her to be a step ahead of law enforcement officials. She has finally run out of luck.
Read more: The End of the 'Bandit 6'
Created: Thursday, 17 December 2015
Commentary by Captain of the Steve Irwin, Siddharth Chakravarty
HMNZS Otago (here seen in the Hauraki Gulf) has returned from Antarctica.
(Photo: Creative Commons)For the second time this year, a New Zealand Defence Force's (NZDF) patrol vessel has returned from the Antarctic. The last patrol concluded in January when the HMNZS Wellington located, but was unable to board, the illegal fishing vessels Yongding, S onghua and Kunlun. The evidence that was collected by the patrol vessel in January has helped the Spanish government levy 17.4 million euro worth of fines on the operators of those illegal vessels.
This time the HMNZS Otago has come back just 17 days after the fishing season began in the Ross Sea, and with the fishing season expected to last for another two months, one hopes that the return is for a quick refueling and restocking before heading South again.
Read more: The HMNZS Otago returns to New Zealand today
Created: Tuesday, 15 December 2015
By Chief Cook, Priya Cooper
The Steve Irwin Galley department, Operation Icefish 2015-16. Photo: Tim WattersThe lead up to an Antarctic campaign always sees a lot of frenetic activity from the galley; stocking the ship for a several month-long voyage requires a lot of planning and preparation with every last item of food requiring quantification.
We have once again been lucky enough to receive some remarkable donations from compassionate companies globally to help us ensure that the crew stays hale and hearty, even once the fresh food has dwindled to just shades of brown.
Joanna, our third cook, has been busy organizing the dry store, ensuring we have the space to stow all the provisions necessary as well as assisting Chloe, our second cook, prepare nutritive food in the countdown to our departure date.
Read more: Steve Irwin Galley Update
Created: Monday, 23 November 2015
By Bosun, Antoine Amory
Antoine Amory, Bosun on the Steve Irwin.Our dedicated deck department is working tirelessly to get the Steve Irwin ready to tackle poachers in the harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean on Operation Icefish 2015-16.
Rust repairs, chipping, grinding, welding and painting - the deck's job list never ends.
Recently, the deck has focused on getting our fast small boat, the Delta, back into top shape: the pontoons have been replaced, fiberglass work has started and all navigation electronics have been re-wired. Out in the vast and cold waters of Antarctica our small boat crew can never be safe enough.
Read more: Steve Irwin Deck Department update
Created: Friday, 13 November 2015
By Chief Engineer, Brian Race
Steve Irwin Chief Engineer, Brian RaceThe engine room is the heart of Sea Shepherd’s flagship, the Steve Irwin. The engine requires a lot of attention to keep-up with the poachers, while also ensuring that our crew is kept safe in the hazardous conditions we face in the Southern Ocean.
In the lead-up to Operation Icefish 2015-16, the engine room team is hard at work making sure that the Steve Irwin will be in top working condition for the campaign.
Read more: Steve Irwin Engine Room update