Environmental activists say Japanese whalers 'rammed' ships in skirmish
SYDNEY (AFP) - Environmental campaigners from the militant Sea Shepherd group said on Wednesday a Japanese whaling ship "rammed" its vessels in a skirmish in the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown said the Japanese factory boat Nisshin Maru deliberately collided with boats crewed by anti-whaling campaigners, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker.
Mr Brown, former leader of Australia's Greens party, said the Japanese boat "repeatedly rammed" the Australian boats, adding that the Japanese also lobbed concussion grenades onto their decks.
"This is grand piracy," he said, adding that the actions of the Japanese breached a number of international and domestic laws.