Greenpeace attempted to block a tanker carrying Russian oil heading to Norway

  • Greenpeace activists tried to prevent a tanker carrying Russian oil from docking in Norway.
  • An ExxonMobil subsidiary operating the port said the oil was purchased before Russia invaded Ukraine.
  • Greenpeace calls on the Norwegian government to ban the import of fossil fuels from Russia.

Greenpeace activists in Norway chained themselves to a tanker carrying Russian oil in an attempt to prevent it from unloading fuel at a terminal owned by Esso, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

The Ust Luga tanker bound for Norway’s Slagen oil terminal was carrying 95,000 tonnes of oil, according to the environmental group.

“Oil is not only the cause of the climate crisis, but also of wars and conflicts. I am shocked that Norway is operating as a free port for Russian oil, which we know is financing the war of Putin,” said Frode Pleym, director of Greenpeace Norway. said in a press release issued on Monday.

Greenpeace calls on the Norwegian government to ban the import of Russian fossil fuels and demands that Esso cancel its contracts with Russia amid the war in Ukraine, as stated in the press release.

“During these two months of Russia’s war of aggression, we have seen horrific images and know the unimaginable suffering of the innocent civilian population of Ukraine,” Pleym wrote. “The fact that our government is still allowing the import of Russian fossil fuels in the current situation is unfathomable.”

Photos posted to Twitter by the Greenpeace press team appear to show a red dinghy chained to the tanker.

ExxonMobil did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Esso spokeswoman Anne Fougner told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that the oil was purchased before Russia invaded Ukraine and the company had not made any purchases since the start of the war.

Norway is a major energy exporter. Esso told Reuters that fuel from the tanker is used for marine gasoil blending.

“Shipping oil from Russia is not in itself a violation of the sanctions that currently apply in the EU or in Norway,” Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, spokesperson for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, told CNN. . “The Norwegian authorities therefore have no legal basis to stop a delivery like this.”

The department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.

Norwegian police said they arrested 20 Greenpeace activists who blocked the tanker, according to Reuters.

The Hong Kong-registered Ust Luga is now anchored outside Esso’s oil terminal in Slagen, according to ship tracker Marine Traffic.

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