Activists Prevent Tanker Carrying Russian Oil from Entering Port of Antwerp

Greenpeace activists blocked a tanker carrying Russian oil from entering Antwerp’s port for 6 hours on Saturday night.

The Seychelles Pioneer, a German-operated tanker, left a terminal in Primorsk, Russia, on March 31 with a load of diesel headed for Antwerp, however, Greenpeace activists scrambled onto the Berendrecht Lock to prevent the oil ship from entering the port of Antwerp in Belgium. 

Four individuals went onto the lock’s bridge, while six others attached themselves to a locked gate.

After several hours, police intervened and cleared the demonstration, but Seychelles Pioneer remained kept in the locks until the morning of the 10th, causing a nine-hour delay in the tanker’s arrival.

According to Greenpeace, 55 oil and gas tankers from Russian ports docked in Antwerp and Zeebrugge since the Russian invasion in late February, with a total capacity of more than 3.5 million cubic meters, or 1,400 Olympic-sized pools of oil and gas.

Greenpeace called to “Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in a socially just way.”

“Fossil fuels are the past. It’s time to promote real solutions leading to a clean, just and efficient renewable energy system to guarantee peace, tackle the climate emergency and protect life on earth.” said Greenpeace in a tweet.


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