Activists block Russian oil tanker in Norwegian port, calling on govt to ‘cease fueling the battle’

Activists from Greenpeace are blocking a Russian oil tanker from offloading oil in a Norwegian port, calling on the federal government to ban the imports of Russian fossil fuels as a result of battle in Ukraine.

As knowledgeable by Greenpeace on Monday, its activists in kayaks and boats are blocking the oil tanker Ust Luga, stopping it from offloading Russian oil into the port. The motion is going down within the Oslo Fjord, within the Slagentangen oil port owned by Esso, a Norwegian subsidiary of U.S.-based ExxonMobil.

The activists are calling on the Norwegian authorities to ban the import of Russian fossil fuels and demanding that Esso cancels its contracts to purchase fossil fuels from Russia throughout this time of battle in Ukraine.

Activists in a ship have chained themselves to the anchor chain to stop the Ust Luga from going to the pier and offloading, displaying banners that learn “Oil fuels battle”, “Cease fuelling the battle”, and “No battle”.

Greenpeace activists
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In accordance with Greenpeace, the Ust Luga is loaded with 95,000 tonnes of oil with a market worth of $116 million, including that the tanker is operated by Novatek, Russia’s second-largest pure gasoline producer. Greenpeace additionally stated that Novatek’s largest shareholder is the oligarch Leonid Mikhelson, who has shut ties to Vladimir Putin.

Activist and Head of Greenpeace Norway, Frode Pleym, stated: “Oil will not be solely on the root of the local weather disaster, but additionally of wars and conflicts. I’m shocked that Norway operates as a free port for Russian oil, which we all know funds Putin’s warfare. Throughout these two months of Russia’s battle of aggression, we have now seen horrific photographs and know the unimaginable struggling of the harmless civilian inhabitants of Ukraine. The truth that our authorities nonetheless permits the import of Russian fossil fuels within the present state of affairs is unfathomable.”

Greenpeace Norway has additionally despatched “strong-worded letters” to each ExxonMobil and the Norwegian authorities, demanding an finish to all Russian oil and gasoline.

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil instructed Reuters the corporate had agreed to purchase the oil earlier than the battle began and doesn’t have plans for additional purchases from Russia.

As a reminder, ExxonMobil and several other different oil majors – together with Shell and BP – at the start of March pledged to finish their operations in Russia. Particularly, ExxonMobil stated it could start the method to discontinue operations and develop steps to exit its Sakhalin-1 enterprise.

In different associated information, Shell has just lately discovered itself in an unenviable place as a consequence of shopping for a cargo of Russian crude oil. Following a public backlash, Shell apologised and defined the choice had been made with the safety of provides in thoughts and guided by the necessity to disentangle society from Russian vitality, including it could commit income to a devoted fund to alleviate the results of the battle on the individuals of Ukraine.

Relating to bans on Russian vessels, simply final week, the U.S. authorities determined to ban Russia-linked vessels from the nation’s ports, which the UK and Canada already did at the start of March. The ban within the U.S. is changing into efficient on 28 April 2022.

“Because of this no ship that sails beneath the Russian flag or that’s owned or operated by a Russian curiosity might be allowed to dock in a United States port or entry our shores. None,” U.S. President, Joe Biden, stated final week.

This got here after the U.S. banned Russian oil, LNG, and coal imports in early March whereas the UK moved to section out Russian oil imports by the top of the yr.

A couple of month later, in early April, the European Union introduced a brand new, fifth spherical of sanctions in opposition to Russia and its companies, becoming a member of a ban on Russian vessels from accessing the ports. The EU nonetheless has not banned Russian oil imports however is working to change into unbiased from Russian fossil fuels nicely earlier than 2030, beginning with gasoline.

Activists have been growing the stress on governments to cease new fossil fuels tasks. In widespread protests at the start of April, 10 oil services throughout the UK have been blocked, demanding from the federal government to cease funding new fossil gasoline tasks. The Simply Cease Oil coalition sees renewables as the important thing to a speedy transition to a zero-carbon financial system.

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