Greenpeace ship barred from Arctic
AMSTERDAM – Greenpeace says Russia has stopped its icebreaker Arctic Sunrise from entering the Arctic Sea’s northern passage.
The environmental group said Russian authorities told it the ship could not handle the ice of the Arctic Ocean. Greenpeace planned to protest against drilling for in the northern waters by the Russian company Rosneft and ExxonMobil of the United States. “It seems Russia can do without critical observers in the Arctic Sea,” said GReenpeace.
The Arctic Sun is designed as an icebreaker. Its rounded, keelless hull allows it to navigate through sea ice. In 1997, The Arctic Sunrise became the first ship to circumnavigate James Ross Island in the Antarctic, a previously impossible journey until a 200m thick ice shelf connecting the island to the Antarctic continent collapsed.
The Arctic Sunrise has returned repeatedly to the Arctic to work on a variety of issues, included several visits to Alaska to study climate change and to oppose Northstar, British Petroleum’s project to open up a new offshore oil frontier that threatened oil spills in this vulnerable region, and further contributing to global warming.