Sea Shepherd Wins $9.4 Million Donation, Rolls Out Blueprints to Commission “Ideal Ship”
by Owen James Burke
Above: A rendering of the new vessel by Damen Shipyards Group. Photo: Sea Shepherd
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society won a massive 8.3 million euro (over $9.4 million) donation in Amsterdam last night at Amsterdam’s annual Goed Geld Gala (Good Money Gala), and after two years of research are now placing an order with Dutch shipbuilder Damen for their “ideal ship” to expand their fleet and conservation efforts in the Southern Ocean.
“We are now able to proceed with the purchase of our dream ship and lift our conservation efforts to protect the Southern Ocean from illegal exploitation to the next level,” said Sea Shepherd CEO Alex Cornelissen, graciously accepting the donation. “We are extremely grateful to the Dutch Postcode Lottery and the people of the Netherlands for this very generous support.”
The new ship, says Cornelissen, will be”capable of achieving speeds that far exceed any of the vessels in our current fleet.”
All told since 2007, Sea Shepherd has now received over 15.5 million euros (over $17.5 million) from the Dutch, Swedish and U.K. postcode lotteries.
Plans for the new vessel, reports gCaptain, appear to be for a modified version of the above vessel, a Fast Crew Supplier. Photo: Damen Shipyards Group/Dona Angela Maria T.
Last week, Sea Shepherd announced that Pamela Anderson, a longtime animal rights activist who most recently traveled to the Faroe Islands to speak out against the mass slaughtering of pilot whales, was proudly joining their Board of Advisors.
Read more at gCaptain — OJB