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The Nisshin Maru sent out a distress call from the Ross Sea early on Thursday after a fire erupted below deck.
The fire left dead crew member, 27-year-old Kazutaka Makita, whose body was recovered below deck yesterday after the blaze burnt itself out.
Maritime New Zealand spokesman Steve Corbett said the Government, fearing an environmental catastrophe, wanted the ship out of Ross Sea "as quickly and as safely as possible
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I'm far from an expert on international whaling laws & agreements. If I was in charge, I'd make any commercial whaling illegal though. I don't see why anyone in this day and age and with what we know about these animals could ever want to kill one just for its meat or fat or oil or anything else.
The crew of a Japanese whaler, which has been stranded off the Antarctica coast for 10 days, have managed to restart the ship's engines and sail from the area.
However, no decision has been made as to whether the fleet, which includes the stricken Nisshin Maru, will now return to Japan or complete testing on the ship at sea before continuing their whaling program.
"What they need to do now, is they need to make some adjustments in terms of navigation, steering, those sorts of issues," a spokesman for the Japanese whaling program, Glen Inwood, said.
"They need to actually just test the vessel under working conditions as it sails along.