Norway Arrests Greenpeace Ship and 35 Activists During Protest at Arctic Oil Well
Norwegian authorities have detained Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise after a protest at a Statoil contracted drilling rig at Norway’s northernmost oil field in the Barents Sea, the environmental group said in a statement. Greenpeace said the vessel and 35 activists were unlawfully detained after entering the exclusion zone of Statoil’s Korpfjell well, halting drilling operations for the Songa Enabler semi-submersible. The ship, activists and crew members were all arrested by the Norwegian Coast Guard, the group said. Greenpeace said it hopes the protest will send a message to the Norwegian government to stop oil drilling in the Arctic. http://gcaptain.com/norway-arrests-greenpeace-ship-and-35-activists-during-protest-at-arctic-oil-well/
Arctic Sunrise sets sail, this time to protest drilling in Norwegian waters
The Greenpeace protest ship, the 624-dwt ARCTIC SUNRISE has again set sail, this time from Tromso, Norway to protest oil drilling in Norwegian water having been released from a Russian jail for interfering with drilling operations. "We have no plans to enter the Russian waters. It is on the Norwegian side where the most controversial drilling is planned to take place, and Norway that is the most aggressive Arctic oil player in practical terms," said Truls Gulowsen, head of Greenpeace Norway on his way to do what landed him and his crew in jail in Murmansk. This new venture comes days after the environmental protest group scored a major propaganda victory when an international tribunal in Vienna ordered Russia to pay EUR5 million (US$5.7 million) in damages after it arrested the ship in 2013 for a year and imprisoned its crew for two months.
Russia Told to Pay Dutch $6 Million Over Greenpeace ‘Arctic Sunrise’ Seizure
(Reuters) – Russia must pay the Netherlands more than 5 million euros ($5.79 million)in damages for seizing a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace vessel in 2013 and arresting 30 people aboard, an international arbitration panel ruled on Tuesday. Russian Federal Security Service agents captured the Arctic Sunrise in international waters after a protest against an oil platform. Those on board were detained in Russian prisons for months and released shortly before the Sochi Olympics. The five-member arbitration panel, based in Vienna, ruled in 2015 that Russia was liable under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and has now put a price on damages to the ship, as well as the wrongful arrest and suffering of 30 people aboard. http://gcaptain.com/russia-told-to-pay-dutch-6-million-over-greenpeace-arctic-sunrise-seizure/Upload News