Another case of a company ignoring social license. And bombastically riding roughshod over due and correct process. There lack of transparency and the ships history should be more than enough to scuttle this obscene venture.
MS Abel Tasman was a ferry that ran from Melbourne to Devonport from 1985-1993. Don't give it to a destructive trawler. We can only hope the old superstition of sailors to never change a ship's name might hold true in this case.
The name may change that does not make the activity of this vessel and its owners and operators appropriate. Just plain greed without a thought of the consequences for the future of the fish population and the local fishermen and women.
How dare they. How dare the Australian Labor Government. Am convinced it wouldn't matter how much us Aussies objected to the whole thing taking place. The Ballot Box is the only way to show our rage @ Gov. Policy AGAINST Public Interest.