Damaged Sea Shepherd vessel Brigitte Bardot limped into port this evening after a 2400km voyage through heavy seas and wild weather.
The ship was met by around 50 supporters as it docked at Rous Head.
Ship's manager Simon Ager said he expected the vessel to be out of action for the remainder of the whaling season.
The vessels' designer is on his way from the United Kingdom to assess the damage and advise the group on the best way to sure up the ailing ship.
The high speed anti-whaling scout ship was hit by an 11m rogue wave on December 28 cracking its port side pontoon and forcing the Sea Shepherd's flagship Steve Irwin to abandon its chase of the Japanese whaling fleet to come to the ship's aid.
Captain of the Brigitte Bardot Jonathan Renecle bent down and kissed the dock after guiding the ship safely through its treacherous journey to port.
"I'm glad to be back on terra firma," he said tonight.
Ships manager Simon Ager gave the first detailed account of the terrifying ordeal saying he feared at times that the ship would flip over tossing the crew into the sea or leaving them trapped in the hull.
He said every crack and every large wave was cause for concern on the long journey to Fremantle.
Mr Ager said he had never seen waves like those that smashed into the ship on December 28.
"It was a lot worse than we first imagined," Mr Ager said.
The Steve Irwin docked in Fremantle port a short time after the Brigitte Bardot and is expected to leave for Antarctic waters tomorrow evening.
A Japanese whaling vessel that had been shadowing the Sea Shepherd ships left them as they approached Fremantle and was understood to be outside Australia's 12 mile limit having been banned from entry into port waters.Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson said he expected the Japanese ship to try to follow the Steve Irwin as it left port but he was hoping to slip past the ship unnoticed.
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