The MFV Margiris factory ship
drags a net bigger than a football field and the vessel can process more than 250 tonnes of fish a day.
Nationals of Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu were also on board the trawler, a 5,700-ton, 104-meter long factory ship
designed for carrying several dozen sailors on fishing trips over several months.
A pod of killer whales had brutally attacked the Japanese whaling crew of the MV Nisshin Maru, Japan's chief whaling vessel and the world's only whaler factory ship
In 2005, just a few days before Christmas, I was in a helicopter again and as we came up to the deck level of the factory ship
, we could see the carcasses of seven whales.
The group released footage and photographs showing three minke whales dead on the deck of the factory ship
Nisshin Maru and said a fourth, also believed to be a minke, was being slaughtered when Sea Shepherd's helicopter flew overhead.
There's blood all over the place, meat being carted around on this factory ship
deck, offal and innards being dumped in the ocean," said Sea Shepherd Australia chairman Bob Brown.
Watson said the Korean-owned, Panamanian-flagged supply tanker the Sun Laurel was currently 48 hours from the factory ship
Nisshin Maru, with a four-day return trip to the whaling sanctuary looking increasingly unlikely.
Sea Shepherd says video of the crash shows their ship being squeezed and buffeted between the Japanese whaling factory ship
, the Nisshin Maru, and the fleet's oil tanker, Sun Laurel.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Brown said that a large Japanese factory ship
, the Nisshin Maru, had repeatedly rammed Sea Shepherd ships in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica where it was trying to refuel and that a Japanese government escort vessel had directed water cannon and lobbed concussion grenades at the activists.
The boat was pursuing the Japanese factory ship
Nisshin Maru in six metre swells when the wave slammed into its port side, cracking the hull and severely damaging one of its pontoons, said Watson.
He does a great job, needless to say, and after many near collisions and hairy scrapes with the factory ship
and its harpoon boat, Sam the hero manages to put the whalers out of action.
born in 1938, started his work as a marine biologist on board the whaling factory ship
Vladivostok in 1963 in the North Pacific.