|Owner:||Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, Ltd|
|Operator:||Institute of Cetacean Research|
|Port of registry:||Japan|
|Renamed:||"Hiyo Maru" after dispute with Panamanian Gov't.|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 2010 |
|Type:||Products tanker (single hulled)|
|Length:||143.29 m (470 ft 1 in) o/a|
|Beam:||20.41 m (67 ft 0 in) (moulded)|
|Draft:||8.42 m (27 ft 7 in)|
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. The Hiyo Maru served as the fuel tanker for Japan's whaling fleet, and was alleged by Greenpeace to also transport whale meat. In August 2010, the ship was sold to China to be scrapped.
- Lloyd's Register - Fairplay, access date 20 February 2007
- "Battleships in the whaling war". The New Zealand Herald. 25 December 2005. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- Greenpeace weblog, eyewitness account, published 9 January 2006