The Steve Irwin has refueled and is ready to go out looking for the whalers.
The environment group Sea Shepherd's ship, the Steve Irwin, is to resume its anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean free of legal action by Australia.
Despite Japanese Government calls to act against the hardline environmentalists, the Australian Federal Police is yet to formally interview any Sea Shepherd crew who spent two weeks in port.
Its captain, Paul Watson, said the ship would leave Melbourne today, refuelled and with fresh crew. He was confident of finding the Japanese fleet again with another month left in the season. "If we can get them on the run again for three weeks that could almost put an end to their season," he said.