Greenpeace restarts protest on North Sea drill ship

27th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Greenpeace blocked an oil drilling ship in the North Sea with swimmers and speedboats a day after a court ordered protesters to unchain themselves from the vessel, the group said Monday.

Activists for the environmental group had boarded the Stena Carron ship operated by Chevron and anchored off the Shetland Isles last week, but the oil giant won a legal ruling ordering them to leave on Saturday.

Greenpeace said in a statement on its website that it had sent inflatable speedboats into the path of the ship on Sunday and put four swimmers in its path, forcing the Stena Carron to stop.

"We're now planning to send waves of swimmers and campaigners in kayaks out in front of the drill ship (on Sunday and Monday) to pressure the ship into turning back," the statement said.

Chevron said the new move by Greenpeace was "extremely dangerous".

"Chevron North Sea appeals to Greenpeace to end its new protest at the Stena Carron while it is going about its lawful business north of Shetland," a spokesman for the firm said in a statement.

"This latest act is extremely dangerous and once again demonstrates that Greenpeace is willing to put its volunteers at risk by entering the path of the Stena Carron while the vessel is in transit."

Greenpeace is campaigning for a moratorium on drilling in the North Sea to avoid a possible repeat of the devastating oil spill sparked by a blast on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.

© 2010 AFP

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