Posted on November 20, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
A team of Greenpeace activists boarded the Cayman-flagged oil tanker, Stolt Tenacity, in the morning of November the 17th.
The vessel was en-route from Indonesia to the Netherlands carrying a shipment of palm oil and was sailing through the Gulf of Cadiz off the coast of Spain, when the activists boarded the vessel.
Activists from the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza used a RIB to approach the starboard side of the Tenacity, before deploying a boarding ladder onto the tanker’s rail.
At the same time, the master of the Esperanza called the tanker to explain the situation. “Good morning mate, you have been boarded by a Greenpeace boarding team. I want to assure you that they are not pirates, they are not armed, and they will do nothing to hinder the movement of your ship, they are just protesting your carriage of palm oil. Over.”
Six activists managed to get on-board the vessel before the crew could respond to the situation.
According to Greenpeace, the six activists were then detained in one of the vessel’s cabins, while the tanker changed route and headed to Algiers, where they were dropped off.
Stolt denies the accusations, claiming that the activists were not detained, and that they were provided with food and a safety briefing.
Greenpeace has been protesting the use of palm oil, which the tanker was carrying, claiming that palm oil suppliers have been responsible for the destruction of over 170,000 acres of rainforest across Southeast Asia in the last two years alone.
Waya Maweru, one of the activists that made it onto the vessel, had this to say on the subject, “I’m from Indonesia. I’ve witnessed the devastating impact of deforestation for palm oil and our cities choking with haze as a result of the forest fires. Dirty palm oil is destroying our home and we don’t want it in our supermarkets “
Image Courtesy of Greenpeace