Oriental Bluebird

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Name: Hiyo Maru
Owner: Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, Ltd[1]
Operator: Institute of Cetacean Research[1]
Port of registry: Japan[1]
Launched: 1979[1]
Renamed: "Hiyo Maru" after dispute with Panamanian Gov't.
Fate: Sold for scrap in 2010 [2][3]
General characteristics
Type: Products tanker (single hulled)[1]
Tonnage: 8,725 GT[1]
Length: 143.29 m (470 ft 1 in) o/a[1]
Beam: 20.41 m (67 ft 0 in) (moulded)[1]
Draft: 8.42 m (27 ft 7 in)[1]

The 8,725 ton Hiyo Maru (飛鷹丸) was the largest member of the Japanese whaling fleet; providing fuel, resources, and stock storage space for that fleet and its crew. In 1992, it was renamed and re-flagged to Panama as the Oriental Bluebird. According to Greenpeace, after a dispute with the Panamanian Government in 2008, it was de-flagged and re-registered to Japan.[4] The Hiyo Maru served as the fuel tanker for Japan's whaling fleet,[5] and was alleged by Greenpeace to also transport whale meat.[6] In August 2010, the ship was sold to China to be scrapped.