Local skipper set to captain Sea Shepherd anti-whaling ship
MEET ex-navy lieutenant Wyanda Lublink, the diminutive Agnes Water skipper anointed the captain of the Sea Shepherd's new anti-whaling ship, Ocean Warrior.
The 1770 LARC part-time skipper, with a second life facing off with whalers in the Antarctic Ocean, has been summonsed to captain the vessel in a high-stakes mission to sabotage a Japanese whaling project.
And her first priority is to "stop the kill full stop".
"We've had ships come in close and try to cut us off and they try to keep us away from the big factory ship," she said.
"What we want to do is sit on the slipway of the factory ship's slaughterhouse so they can't harpoon whales."
It's a dramatic career change for ex-Lieutenant Lublink after a two-year stint serving Australia and 10 years in the Dutch Navy.
Days ago, the Dutch-national returned from a Great Australian Bite mission where Sea Shepherd is raising awareness about the Bite's biological diversity in a bid to stop a British Petroleum oil project.
But Ms Lublink is in-waiting for a mission to the Antarctic Ocean on the Ocean Warrior, which she expects to begin by early December, saying once she "received word" the Japanese fleet was on its way she would have two weeks to prepare.
Ms Lublink, who has previously crossed paths with Japanese whalers, said she'd never been rammed but was gearing up for a fight with a trend of more "aggressive" tactics from whalers after the Sea Shepherd's recent, well-publicised successes defending our waters around Antarctica.
Ms Lublink said if she and her crew could not stop the kill they would try to sabotage the whales' transfer to the ship, which needed to happen within six hours, setting the scene for a tiring stand-off.
She said she would try to out-manoeuvre a vessel tasked with stopping the Ocean Warrior from blocking the "slaughter ship's" slipway where the harpooned whale was drawn on board.
Niel Mergard, owner of 1770's LARC, said after employing Ms Lublink about a year ago he "whacked some dirty big Sea Shepherd stickers" on the LARC and anointed it as Agnes's Sea Shepherd chapter.
"The Ocean Warrior is going down to kick their arse," he said.
"It will be the fastest Antarctic patrol ship the Sea Shepherd has ever owned and it will be able to outrun and outlast any of the Japanese whaling ships."