Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sea Shepherd's Sam Simon exposed


 
Sea Shepherd’s Sam Simon exposed

Sea Shepherd’s fourth vessel the Sam Simon was surrounded in mystery.  Sea Shepherd’s fugitive announced the vessel was a German vessel and purchased for the cult group by Sam Simon, a co-creator of “The Simpsons.” 

The fugitive leader of Sea Shepherd wrote on their website:
“I wish I could elaborate on the ship but until it is secured, outfitted, and ready for Whale Wars, that information has to remain classified,” (see link below).
 
Watson on Sam Simon being “classified:”
http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/06/21/the-mv-sam-simon-to-join-the-sea-shepherd-fleet-for-the-next-voyage-to-antarctica-1395

“Classified?”  Why?  All vessels have an IMO number (International Maritime Organization) established by the United Nations.  In November, 2012 the vessel was registered in Australia.  According to the Australian registry they ship’s IMO is: IMO 9053452.  A Google search verifies IMO 9053452 being Sea Shepherd’s M/V Sam Simon registered in Australia. 
Sea Shepherd Sam Simon IMO 9053452 made in Japan
Other online ship registries document the vessel’s prior name “New Atlantis” registered in the Tuvalu Islands, NOT Germany as stated by Sea Shepherd.  It is possible the vessel “New Atlantis” was owned by a German company / group / or person, and registered in the Tuvalu Islands. 

Further documentation revealed prior to the vessel being named “New Atlantis,” it was named Kaiko Maru no.8 and Seifu Maru both registered in Japan where the vessel was built.  In other words Sea Shepherd purchased a ship made in Japan!

To say it was a German vessel may be correct but deceitful.  It may have been a German owned vessel, but it is a made in Japan vessel (Japanese vessel). 

Why the subterfuge?  Many Sea Shepherd blogs / Facebook pages urges their minions not to purchase any products in Japan objecting to the dolphin activity in Taiji, Japan, and the Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.

On a ship registry site the Sam Simon’s IMO changed.  The third digit was changed from a 5 to a 6.  Incorrect IMO 9063452, correct IMO 9053452.  The “build” date was changed from 1993 to 1998.  Apparently the UN’s International Maritime Organization and the ship’s registry site were made aware of this error.  Subsequently the error was corrected and the vessel’s correct history was added showing it to have been built in Japan – MADE IN JAPAN.  

Recently the fugitive titular head of Sea Shepherd wrote in reference to the M/V Sam Simon:

“…..nor is it a slow boat from Japan.” 

Perhaps being a fugitive the gentleman had difficulty identifying the truth.

Fugitive’s denial about the Sam Simon being from Japan (scroll down to the comment section):
http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/11/27/sea-shepherd-tasked-with-filming-whale-wars-action/

Links to sites with the vessel’s history and documentation:
http://www.fleetmon.com/en/vessels/New_Atlantis_8059603




IMO explained:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMO_number


Link to Texas Daddy store:
http://texas-daddy.shop-pro.jp/

4 comments:

pastor maker said...

Um, the whole point of the exercise is to stick it in Japan's eye. Sea Shepherd bought a ship from the Japanese Government and will use it against its former owners. The Sam Simon now has the word "RESEARCH" painted on its side in mockery of Japanese claims that its whaling fleet only kills whales for scientific research purposes.

I'd say this is a brilliant move by Sea Shepherd, and a great thing that Sam Simon has done in donating the money to purchase the ship.

pastor maker said...

Um, the whole point of the exercise is to stick it in Japan's eye. Sea Shepherd bought a ship from the Japanese Government and will use it against its former owners. The Sam Simon now has the word "RESEARCH" painted on its side in mockery of Japanese claims that its whaling fleet only kills whales for scientific research purposes.

I'd say this is a brilliant move by Sea Shepherd, and a great thing that Sam Simon has done in donating the money to purchase the ship.

Cusinario said...

I couldn't think of a better slap in the face than to buy a ship from the Japanese Government and turn around and use it against the same Governments whaling fleet!! It is brilliant! Referring to Paul Watson as "the fugitive" is kind of a cheap shot. I don't agree with a lot of Watson's political views, but I support his views 100%on anti-whaling, the killing of dolphins, and shark finning. The arrest warrant is a joke. I hope Sea Shepard gets a few more ships from Philanthropists if that's what it's going to take to stop the killing!!

Prabash Akmeemana said...

I created the wikipedia Article for the Sea Shepherd vessel, you can search it up on wikipedia just search up "MY Sam Simon"