You know all that cool whizzbang anti-whaling tech we profiled earlier? Turns out it’s something of a pain in the ass for the crew of the Ady Gil.
The Sea Shepherd’s latest sleek addition to its fleet has had to return to Hobart, Tasmania twice due to a circle-jerk of technological failures. On the first attempt, its Iridium Satellite device failed while heading out to sea — basically leaving them helpless to communicate with the MV Steve Irwin. After a replacement part was flown in, the Ady Gil headed out again — and promptly had its $6,000 broadband radar system smashed by a giant 16ft. wave.
“The trouble is the boat is a wavepiercer and when you go through waves you get a lot of load on top,” Captain Pete Bethune told an Australian newspaper. “But I have been around the world three times and haven’t had this problem, so I am surprised. We had a different radar on for three years and this new one sits slightly taller than the old one, so it is under more load. It’s a boat and these things do happen on boats.”
Thankfully, a new radar system has been donated by Australian company Simrad Electronics. The Ady Gil is sitting still, however, until the New Zealand government allows them to pass through its waters. “I was given assurances that it was imminent but I believe there’s still nothing come through from the New Zealand Government so legally we’re not allowed to go beneath the 60th parallel and I think that’s what Paul Watson is waiting on before he gives us instructions to leave,” Bethune said.