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MY Steve Irwin moored in West India Docks, London, 2011
Name: 1975–2006: FPV Westra
Owner: 1975–1999: Secretary of State for Scotland
Operator: 1975–2003: Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency
Ordered: 1974
Builder: Hall, Russell & Company, Aberdeen, Scotland
Yard number: 962
Christened: FPV Westra
In service: 1975–2003
Out of service: 2003–2006 (laid up for disposal)
Homeport: Leith, Scotland
Career (Netherlands) Netherlands
  • 2006–2007: MV Robert Hunter
  • since 2007: MY Steve Irwin
Namesake: Steve Irwin
Owner: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Operator: since 2006: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Port of registry: Rotterdam, Netherlands
In service: 2006
Out of service: 2018
Homeport: Hobart, Tasmania
Status: Retired, to be preserved
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General characteristics
Class and type: Island class patrol vessel
Tonnage: 885 gt
Length: 59.43 m (195 ft)
Beam: 10.97 m (36 ft)
Draught: 4.26 m (14 ft)
Ice class: None
Propulsion: 2 x British Polar Engines 12-cylinder 2,100 bhp (1,600 kW), driving a variable-pitch propeller
Speed: 12.5–16.5 knots (23–31 km/h)
Capacity: 200 tons fuel
Crew: 43
Aircraft carried: 1 MD Helicopters MD 500 can be embarked

The MY Steve Irwin was the 59-metre (194 ft) flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and was used in their direct action campaigns against whaling and against illegal fisheries activities. The vessel was built in 1975 and formerly served as a Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency conservation enforcement patrol boat, the FPV Westra, for 28 years.

Sea Shepherd had originally christened the vessel the MY Robert Hunter after Canadian Robert Hunter, co-founder of Greenpeace, but it was renamed in honor of The Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin on December 5, 2007. Irwin had considered joining the vessel on a voyage to Antarctica shortly before his death, and the renaming was endorsed by his widow Terri.

The ship and her crew, and their efforts for conservation, were the subject of the Animal Planet show Whale Wars

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