Greenpeace blocks transshipment of Russian oil to Denmark


Activists blocked the transfer of oil and painted their slogan on the hull of one of the tankers (Photos by Kristian Buus courtesy of Greenpeace)

Posted on April 1, 2022 at 5:31 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

Greenpeace activists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia took to the sea in kayaks and dinghies, and even swam, in an attempt to block the transshipment of old Russians between two tankers off the coast of Danish port of Skagen. It was their seventh protest in the past two weeks aimed at blocking the movement of tankers and the transfer of Russian oil to Denmark and is similar to other efforts organized by the group in Europe and the United States.

Eleven demonstrators began Thursday morning to position themselves between a supertanker, the Pertamina Primeand a smaller tanker, the seaoth, arriving from Russia carrying a reported shipment of 100,000 tons of Russian crude. Reuters reported that the shipment was part of a contract with Trafigura, but the trading company did not confirm the shipment while telling Reuters it condemns the war in Ukraine and is only fulfilling existing required contracts agreed upon. before the invasion.

Protesters came alongside the Singapore-flagged 301,781 dwt Pertamina Premier, who dropped anchor off Denmark. They painted their slogan “war on oil fuels” on the ship’s 1,082-foot hull and sought to attach a raft to the ship. Kayaks and dinghies positioned themselves between the supertanker and the finish seaoath, a 105,000 dwt oil tanker flying the flag of Malta. They refused to comply with the demands of the arriving tanker to give way to reports that they were preventing the transfer of the oil.

Four members of Greenpeace stayed overnight alongside the tanker in the raft and again this morning refused a Danish pilot’s request to clear the way for the tanker to come alongside. Around 7 a.m., the Danish police arrived in their boats and again asked the demonstrators to move. Greenpeace said the protesters were later expelled while police reported protesters withdrew on Friday afternoon and quietly descended to the ground. Anyway, the transfer of oil has begun.

“We are really proud that after two weeks of repeated attempts, we managed to block 100,000 tons of Russian oil for almost a day,” said Sune Scheller, who was part of the blockade and campaign manager at Greenpeace in Denmark. . “Now, once again, we strongly urge politicians to pick up the slack and introduce a ban on all imports and transshipments of Russian oil. in Danish waters, comes close to state support for Putin’s war machine.”

Greenpeace reports that its new tracking app has documented at least 299 tankers that have left Russia since the invasion began. They report that 132 of the tankers were heading for Europe.

Today’s protest follows earlier efforts in Denmark that began in mid-March. Greenpeace activists tried to block tankers carrying Russian oil from arriving in Denmark, as well as a tanker bound for Rotterdam. They painted their slogan “war on petroleum fuels” on the hulls of several tankers while reiterating their demand to stop the Russian oil trade and wider calls to end the use of fossil fuels around the world.


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