The Greenpeace ship Esperanza was sighted in the North Sea which has put employees working for Shell and Total oil companies on alert. On previous occasions, the vessel has been used for environmentalists to trespass on oil rigs and the ship was also used to block oil rig paths while conducting petroleum exploration.
Installations placed on ‘alert’ after Greenpeace ship spotted in North Sea
Hamish Penman, 08/11/2020, Energy Voice
Workers on a number of installations in the northern North Sea have been told to stay alert after a Greenpeace ship was spotted in the area.
The Dutch-registered Esperanza is currently around 100km east of Peterhead as part of a month-long “documentation and peaceful protest tour”.
The environmental group said teams are on board to gather evidence about the oil and gas industry, which it claims is “polluting the ocean and fueling the climate crisis”.
The Esperanza, which set sail from Hamburg at the end of last month, was initially spotted more than 200km east of Aberdeen travelling through the Shearwater and Elgin-Franklin fields, which are owned by Shell and Total respectively.
Trade union boss Jake Molloy has criticised the move and said, with the industry already on high alert as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s “niether the time nor the place” for further distractions.
Last month, Greenpeace was hit with an £80,000 fine after activists tried to stop Transocean’s Paul B Loyd Jnr rig from reaching BP’s Vorlich field in June 2019.
Protestors blocked its path as it tried to leave the Cromarty Firth, while days before other demonstrators scaled the rig.