Sea Shepherd in Antwerp: a look on board the Sam Simon

One of Sea Shepherd’s ships docked in Antwerp a couple of weeks ago. The Sam Simon anchored near Antwerp’s city museum MAS and during that couple of days crew offered guided tours on the ship.
Sea Shepherd is international marine wildlife conservation organization. They use direct action tactics to protect marine life, for example disturbing whale vessels and seizure and destruction of drift nets. I visited the ship with a Dutch friend. It was fascinating!

‚Sea Shepherd's Sam Simon in Antwerp
‚Sea Shepherd’s Sam Simon in Antwerp
The Sam Simon in Antwerp
The Sam Simon in Antwerp
On board the Sam Simon, She Shepherd in Antwerp
On board the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd in Antwerp

Some information that was shared during the tour:

  • there are a lot of signposts with Japanese language on board the ship, that’s because the ship was originally a Japanese vessel
  • new volunteers start out as sailors, cleaning, doing the simple on board tasks and can later on take on more responsibilities
  • life on board is taken very seriously, no fooling around, and no alcohol on board. If you fool around you leave at the next harbour!
  • The Sam Simon has participated in several operations (see the stickers)
  • The Sam Simon is named after American television producer and writer Sam Simon (co creator of the Simpsons), who donated the money to purchase the vessel.
  • Life on board is supported by donations (of food, but also electronics, equipment, …)
  • after docking in Antwerp, the Sam Simon set out to Cannes, south of France
  • food on board is all vegan, although not al crew are necessarily vegan themselves

Here are more photos from that visit:

Inside the bridge of the Sam Simon
Inside the bridge of the Sam Simon
missions of the Sam Simon (stickers inside the cabine)
Operations of the Sam Simon (stickers inside the cabine)
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Anwterp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Anwterp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Anwterp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
Cook Erica in the galley
Cook Erica in the galley!
the mess on board the Sam Simon (where we had dinner on Saturday evening, see our previous blogpost!)
the mess on board the Sam Simon (where we had dinner on Saturday evening, see our previous blogpost!)
what it's all about ...
what it’s all about …
Tool locker sign on door
Tool locker sign on door
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Anwterp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Anwterp
the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
Inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, Antwerp
Inside the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, Antwerp

On that visit in Antwerp, I gave a donation to Sea Shepherd, and as such entered the lottery to win a dinner for two on Saturday evening on board the ship, with the crew and Tom Waes. As it is with lotteries, one never expects to win … But this time, I did!:-) I got a call on Saturday afternoon and of course I gladly accepted the dinner invitation for two. So soon afterwards, I headed back to Antwerp and had dinner on board the ship. You can read all about that in this previous blogpost.

Je kan deze post ook HIER in het Nederlands lezen op mijn andere blog

LINKS

Sea Shepherd Globalhttp://www.seashepherdglobal.org/

Sea Shepherd Belgiumhttp://www.seashepherd.be/nl/

The Sam Simonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MY_Sam_Simon

The Covehttp://www.thecovemovie.com/

The Sam Simon in Anwterp
The Sam Simon in Antwerp
The Sam Simon in Antwerp
The Sam Simon in Antwerp
Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd

 

Merchandise, Sea Shepherd
Merchandise, Sea Shepherd

the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp
the Sam Simon, Sea Shepherd, in Antwerp

3 Comments Add yours

  1. antonio galliani says:

    I hope in a your visit to italy. I would like to see you. Thanks for every thing you do for sea conservation.

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