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November 25, 2009

Capable of 50 knot speeds, the 24m tri-hull Ady Gil will fight whaling in the Antarctic oc...

Capable of 50 knot speeds, the 24m tri-hull Ady Gil will fight whaling in the Antarctic ocean

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International environmental organization Sea Shepherd is about to embark on another mission to prevent whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Only this time they’ll have a distinct speed advantage in the form of the Ady Gil: a radically designed, lightning-fast trimaran that holds the world record for global circumnavigation.

The Ady Gil, formerly known as Earthrace, is a 24m tri-hull wave piercer with a 1080hp Cummins Mercruiser engine that can tackle waves of up to 15m and submarine up to 7m underwater. The range of the vessel is outstanding, but of course depends on speed. At 6 knots she can travel 24,000 kilometers on only one tank of biodiesel. That equates to more than halfway around the globe.

Designed to achieve the global circumnavigation record, the futuristic and unusual appearance of the vessel is not just for show. The narrow hulls and flowing lines allow for her to pass through waves, rather than riding over them like a standard ship. This capability was critical too, because whether the sea is flat or rough, the vessel will run continuously.

Earthrace completed the 23,497 nautical mile global circumnavigation in 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes back in 2008, and this record has recently been officially recognized by the Union International Motonautique (UIM).

One of the standout design features of the Ady Gil is the "horns". These horns are actually air ducts that suck the cool air down through the lower channel and expel the hot air from the engine at the top, all while running by convection. If the ducts are submerged at sea, the water will be ducted automatically out the sides.

The vessel is capable of speeds of up to 50 knots, a significant advantage when compared to the Sea Shepherd vessel’s capabilities of only around 17 knots.

Apart from running on B100 biodiesel - a sustainable fuel made from canola and soya bean that is 95% biodegradable within 30 days if spilled in a waterway - the Ady Gil boasts numerous other eco-friendly elements. Parts of the vessel are made from hemp composite, lubricants are made from vegetable oils, bilge water is filtered to remove oil or hydrocarbon and waste is recycled wherever possible. As you might expect from an eco-boat, Earthrace is also billed as carbon neutral, with CO2 emissions balanced by the purchase of carbon credits.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is best known for their confrontational tactics to prevent Japanese whaling in the Antarctic ocean. The Ady Gil will join Sea Shepherd’s flagship Steve Irwin in December to begin the campaign.

Earthrace founder, New Zealander Pete Bethune, says half a tonne of Kevlar will be added to the vessel to toughen it against the ice.

"This is happening in my backyard and it really pisses me off. I'm going to make a stand alongside Sea Shepherd – the whaling fleet will find it hard to get away from us," said Bethune.

Via Sea Shepherd, Earthrace.

21 Comments

GIVE THEM HELL!!

Sam Munro
26th November, 2009 @ 12:08 am PST

Nail those suckers!

Simon Drozdowski
26th November, 2009 @ 03:25 am PST

Good to see more and more people giving a damn! I don think that the speed advantage of this both will be of much help however, since there is no helipad and not so much space for other stuff those guys use. But than again I could be wrong, who knows.

Facebook User
26th November, 2009 @ 07:13 am PST

I''m not a tree hugging, cap and tax kind of guy, but i makes me really mad that the Japanese are still whaling MORE POWER TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

David Mahan
26th November, 2009 @ 09:21 am PST

at last, they're giving the whalers a run for their money!

John Wassner
26th November, 2009 @ 05:40 pm PST

I have loved the whale since I was young. Give them hell Capt.paul and crew woot woot! I would be on that sea shephard in a momment if I was asked!!! Aaron

Aaron McKellar
26th November, 2009 @ 08:37 pm PST

But everyone misses the point:

"Whales like to be harpooned, because they want to be eaten".

You know, it's the circle of life thing.

The sun which is god sends love energy into the world in the form of light, the alge and the plankton grow on this, and then they decide to give it up to glorify jesus, and they choose to be eaten by krill and fish.

The krill and the fish grow on this, and then they decide to give it up to glorify jesus, and they choose to be eaten by whales.

The whales grow on this, and then they decide to give it up to glorify jesus, and they choose to be harpooned and eaten by people in Japan.

The real issue is that the people in Japan don't follow jesus and the holy scriptures.

God tells us in Exodus 34:12-13: 'Do not make any treaties with the people of the country into which you are going ... Instead, tear down their altars, destroy their sacred pillars, and cut down the symbols of their goddess Asherah'.

God tells us in Deuteronomy 12:2-3 : 'In the land that you are taking, destroy all the places where the people worship their gods on high mountains, on hills, and under green trees. Tear down their altars and smash their sacred stone pillars to pieces. Burn their symbols of the goddess Asherah and chop down their idols, so that they will never again be worshipped at those places.

So the people in Sea Shepherd, if they were real christians, they would invade Japan and set fire to all their temples - after killing them all.

And then the Sea Shepherd people could hunt and kill the whales for the remaining christian people in Japan, to help them understand that when a whale chooses to give it up for jesus, they are wanting us to eat them so that as god given rulers of the earth, we can magnify and glorify god ourselves.

And when all the whales have gone back to heaven, then we can harvest all the krill - in the name of jesus.

Mr Stiffy
26th November, 2009 @ 10:08 pm PST

Have I missed something?

Unless the particular type of whale is a threatened specie, what's the problem with killing and eating them?

Why are they so different from cows, sheep etc?

They were overfished in the past, but that was then.

Please, some consistency and logic here.

Da5o
27th November, 2009 @ 12:02 am PST

@Da5o

You're not just missing something... you're missing everything.

Consistency and logic? How would you ever notice it?

fofu
27th November, 2009 @ 01:22 pm PST

The Japanese whaling fleet are whaling outside of their borders and into the Antarctic whale sanctuary. They have been known to hunt endangered species because they gain a larger profit for these species.

They have previously included the Australian humpback whale in their quota for “research” purposes.

They stand by this ridiculous claim but the meat ends up in the Japanese fish market with a high percentage of people not actually knowing it is whale meat.

The Ady Gil is a welcome addition to the Sea Shepherd fleet because of its speed capabilities. The hardest part of the mission for Sea Shepherd is to locate the Japanese fleet. With both Ady Gil and the helicopter on the Steve Irwin the Sea Shepherd’s should be able to find them and stop the killing.

Stop the slaughter.

James Sereda
27th November, 2009 @ 05:14 pm PST

wow mr stiffy

you are one messed up sole....

please go jump of something really high onto something really hard!

Sam Munro
27th November, 2009 @ 07:18 pm PST

@Da5o

Here is the logic. A person is judged by its actions. Whaling, wars and such are primitive activities. As long as we keep doing them, we stay as we are, primitive animals. If we want to become more than that, we have to stop doing them.

JøhP
28th November, 2009 @ 12:39 am PST

Biodiesel. Food out of someone's mouth. There are better ways to use crops than to power power boats. Like feeding those who have no freedom, let alone fertile lands to harest from. The tech of the boat is surely awesome, but why BIOfuel? Be cool, let it run on HHO on demand. That will improve mileage of a diesel engine anyway. And salty water a plenty out at see...

This world is so stupid, million, billions wasted on useless project without any useful kind of development to them. Get educated, find out which tech is already upon us, yet fully ignored (suppressed if you will) by those with power and money.

Jan Gerrit Klok
28th November, 2009 @ 07:41 am PST

Where are the hard-points for the torpedoes and surface to surface missiles.

rrvau
29th November, 2009 @ 05:41 am PST

Sorry all good readers, Sorry Gizzmag,

But reading the part from Aaron McKellar I have to state next question.

Mister Aaron McKellar!

"Are You stupid or do you have to work for it ?!! "

What you wrote provokes all and will eventually create war.

You can not say something like that just because it's written. If we all believe and liv your attitude we all allow (for sample) school shootings, rape and all that horrific violence.

If your are so brave get out of you easy couch and put that book aside.

Go there and tell all Sea Shepherd crew and Jap wallers what you just stated here.

Go to japan and do the same.

Knowing these people well I'm sure both party's will agree to team up and offer you to ........ ( every one can fill this in)

There is an ethical thing behind freedom of speech.

If you are a brave person you remove your Text AsAP.

Thanks

Wickie
30th November, 2009 @ 11:58 am PST

Love its looks and black too. Looks like something Batman would use.

John Mark Tagamolila
1st December, 2009 @ 12:19 am PST

Mr Thinks With His Stiffy, Mr. Immoral Inuendo Maker In Front of Kids and Christians With Evil Disregard and Hatred for Human Life, said

"But everyone misses the point: "Whales like to be harpooned, because they want to be eaten"."

You miss the point that Christians and anyone with a decent amount of common sense has been teaching for thousands of years: Mere sarcasm doesn't make you right.

"You know, it's the circle of life thing."

Oh you mean like when other animals eat other animals? You moron? You forget your own ranting you stupid idiot: IF ANIMALS EAT OTHER ANIMALS DOES THAT MAKE ANIMALS BAD? AND SINCE YOU BASH THE BIBLE AREN'T MEN JUST ANIMALS? DUR?You're super idiot!

"The sun which is god sends love energy into the world in the form of light,"

Where does the Bible say that stupid? Are you drunk and high?

"the alge and the plankton grow on this,"

Neat.

"and then they decide to give it up to glorify jesus,"

The Hell are you talking about stupid?

"and they choose to be eaten by krill and fish. The krill and the fish grow on this, and then they decide to give it up to glorify jesus, and they choose to be eaten by whales."

And therefore krill and fish are evil? Stay off the drugs idiot.

"The whales grow on this, and then they decide to give it up to glorify jesus, and they choose to be harpooned and eaten by people in Japan."

And what point are you making by your nonsensical ranting?

"The real issue is that the people in Japan don't follow jesus and the holy scriptures."

No, the real issue is that you make dumb stereotypes about the Japanese and every Christian and everyone who is religious and it's because you don't follow Jesus, but follow your mere feelings instead and whatever suits them.

"God tells us in Exodus 34:12-13: 'Do not make any treaties with the people of the country into which you are going ... Instead, tear down their altars, destroy their sacred pillars, and cut down the symbols of their goddess Asherah'."

And? And because you repeated with contempt for what God commanded against evil idiots like you, therefore you're free of sin? That's not how it works evil idiot. Stop whining about God judgments.

"So the people in Sea Shepherd, if they were real christians, they would invade Japan and set fire to all their temples - after killing them all."

Uh, no moron. Might wanna read the rest of the Bible and stop taking it out of context. You do know what context means don't you idiot? Of course you do idiot, but you care more about satisfying your little genital than the truth.

"Love your enemies" "Love your neighbor as yourself" "Do unto others as you would have them do to you."

Stop ignoring those verses mocker.

eternian.wordpress.com

Facebook User
14th December, 2009 @ 05:38 am PST

I say fit this beautiful vessel with missiles and see how the Whalers like having a an explosive warhead going off inside them!

That's how they murder whales, a harpoon isn't just the spear-type weapon it used to be when the fight was a much more even contest - although still completely ghastly. The objects they call harpoons today are fired from a cannon-type gun and the head has an explosive "grenade" in it.

These people are killing Australia's Whales and fire pwere should be met with fire power!

Colin Richardson
26th December, 2009 @ 12:39 pm PST

jesus christ eternian, grow a sense of irony.

William Blackburn
5th January, 2010 @ 06:06 pm PST

I wouldn't want to rain on anyone's parade (cancel that, this is fun) but apparently that half ton of Kevlar didn't stop it being Sliced In Half today. That's right, this very spiffy boat was run over by a japanese whaler today, and then promptly sank to bottom of the southern ocean while they were attempting to tow it back to New Zealand. I guess this is license for everyone to vent their whale lovin' spleens in comments pages. Oh yeah, they already do. Fuel on the fire I guess. Man, those Japanese whale scientists are pretty keen on studying those whales they!

Hoodoo
8th January, 2010 @ 05:28 am PST

I dont have a problem with them protesting whaling but I do have a problem with their actions which endanger both them and the Japanese crewman. They are lucky someone has not been killed yet or they have not actually collided and sunk both vessels killing everyone on board since that water is so cold hypothermia would set in quickly as a few minutes. I am a boat captain and I have seen how unprofessional Greenpeace was run as I almost sunk it in Memphis Tenn. in 1989. They had no pilot on board qualified to run the Mississippi River and did not know that a down-bound vessel had the right of way. I asked them repeatedly to hold up down below the bridges as the current would set my barges to such a degree we would collide head on if they kept coming and there was not a chance I could stop going down river in between sets of bridges with terrible eddy's at the time which would have run me into a bridge if I had even tried it. They only came to their senses about a minute before I hit them by ramming the bank to get out of my way. I am sure the captain of the boat impressed the Mayor of Memphis and Governor of one of the states on the border with his lack of knowledge and by not having a licensed pilot on board that had knowledge of the River. I guess that was an expense they felt they did not need. I am sure the repairs to the boat cost them way more then hiring a pilot would have. I see the same type unprofessional behavior by the crew on the Sea Shepard. I understand what they are trying to do but killing people is even worse then killing whales. They should protest without putting lives in danger. Sometimes I think they care more for the whales then their own crew.

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22nd January, 2010 @ 09:41 pm PST
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