At 10:30 a.m. in Helsinki, Finland, 20 activists from 13 different countries boarded the Nordica and have locked themselves down throughout the ship, from the cabins to the top of the mast. Greenpeace is calling on the oil giant Shell to abandon its controversial plans to open up the fragile Arctic for oil drilling.
“We are here on behalf of the nearly 400,000 people around the world who in just a couple of months have spoken out demanding that Shell cancel its reckless campaign of Arctic destruction,” said Greenpeace Campaign Manager in Finland, Tapio Laakso. “Oil companies know full well that an oil spill off the Alaskan coast would devastate the environment and prove impossible to clean up.”
The Nordica is one of two Shell-contracted icebreakers owned by the Finnish government.1 Activists have also deployed banners on the key side, in the ship’s crane and a 20 x 3 meter banner on the side of the ship reading Stop Shell.