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Photographer:Aage Schjoelberg [View profile]Title:Willassen SeniorAdded:Jun 28, 2007
Location:Aalesund, Norway
Photo Category: Fishing vessel loa 70ft/21m and over
Ålesund - 16 feb 2005

Sunk by Greenpeace in Svolvær 31.08.2007. Later scrapped.
Vessel Identification
Name:Willassen Senior
Former name(s):
- Ostanger (Until 2002 Dec)
- Eidefisk (Until 2002 Jul)
- Mia (period Unknown)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Trawler
Gross tonnage:250 tons
Summer DWT:190 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1979
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Guest on Sep 14, 2007 15:29 (10 years ago)
Hi aagy

Thought you may be interested in this piece of news, courtesy of AFP

Norway police probe sabotage claim in whale ship sinking
21 hours ago

OSLO (AFP) — Norwegian police said Thursday they were investigating a claim from a group of environmental activists that it deliberately sank a whaling ship last month.

Activists calling themselves Agenda 21 claimed responsibility for the sinking "to celebrate the end of commercial whaling in Iceland," according to a message posted on the US-hosted website

They said they ensured the vessel was unoccupied before opening its salt water intake valve, flooding the ship.

The ship, the "Willassen Senior" sunk on August 31 without casualties. It was moored in the port of Svolvaer located in northwest Norway's Lofoten Islands, an area known for whaling.

Police said the boat was in the process of being salvaged. Investigator Kjetil Woldstad confirmed that upon inspecting the boat "an open valve in engine room appeared to have been opened."

The activist group said its actions were "a rational response to a world where tens of thousands of species disappear every year."

After hearing about the website boast, local police decided to open an inquiry.

The Minke whale typically hunted in Norway is part of the World Conservation Union's "near threatened" species list, although that could be changed when a revised list is put out next year.

An estimated 120,000 Minke whales live in the North Atlantic Ocean.

In 1993 Norway defied a 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling and has been whaling ever since.


Steve Ellwood
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