Highlights from the 2011 Stop Deep Sea Oil Flotilla

This is the story of the 2011 flotilla opposing deep sea oil drilling, a group of boats that sailed in the name of te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Greenpeace, the Nuclear Free Flotilla, Forest and Bird, anti-mining group Coromandel Watchdog, the Coal Action Network (CAN), Board Riders against Drilling, and climate action group 350 Aotearoa, to protest the exploration for deep sea oil off the East Cape.

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THE VEGA

The SV Vega is an 11.5 metre ketch launched in 1949 near Whangarei. Built on a Northland beach without the aid of power tools, she was planked from a single kauri log. In the early 1970’s she was bought by David McTaggart, a Canadian living in New Zealand, who went on to become the Chair of Greenpeace International.

Vega has participated in campaigns around the globe promoting Nuclear Free Seas, highlighting toxic issues, opposing driftnets and working to protect the environment.

 

INFINITY

Infinity is used for environment research and awareness raising, sailing extensively across the Pacific Ocean. Skipper Clemes Oestreich says “We didn’t want to be a spectator and use the Pacific for our pleasure. We wanted to contribute”.

The crew of Infinity have participated in scientific research into the coral reef crisis across Asian waters and the Pacific Ocean, whale observation and threatened bird research with Birdlife International.

An ongoing project is filming interviews of Pacific people’s observations and oral history on climate change impacts they see in their lives and their vision of the future.

 

SIOME

Siome is just over 20 metres long, made of steel and built in 1988 by Alan Meyer and his family. Siome has had a busy life from being a family home for 20 years where six kids were raised as they travelled round world to being used to tag turtles on the Atlantic for research.

The next year, the crew of Siome successfully urged the Government of Vanuatu to make a stance against nuclear fuel ship movements through their waters.

 

SECRET AFFAIR

Secret Affair is a 44-foot long gulf cruiser built in 1982 that has been with David Armstrong for 14 years. She’s very fast and weathered a few Pacific cyclones and challenged the French Government’s nuclear testing in the Pacific.

 

WINDBOURNE

Windbourne, originally built in England, came to New Zealand 30 years ago where she was renovated in Nelson. Windbourne has been with current skipper Avon Hansford for seven years. He says much of her history is lost.

The current flotilla is possibly Windbourne’s first time at the environmental front line.

The latest updates

 

Where's all the oil gone?

Blog entry by Dave | October 5, 2010

The Arctic Sunrise is currently alongside in Galveston Texas – the winches and other equipment that was used on the most recent leg have been craned off, and out on deck, a whole lot of new equipment is being welded on for the...

In the wake of the BP oil spill disaster, news of another oil rig explosion

Blog entry by nyoung | September 3, 2010

A blog from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise currently in the Gulf of Mexico ... This morning reports from the USA are that another oil rig, the Vermillion 380, has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, risking the lives of at least...

Climbers occupy Cairn Energy oil rig in the Arctic

Image | September 1, 2010 at 7:22

Cairn Energy's Stena Don oil rig is scaled by Greenpeace activists to demand an end to offshore drilling. The four climbers used RHIBS to dodge Danish Navy Commandos before climbing up the inside of the rig and hanging from it in tents...

Greenpeace activists occupy Arctic oil rig

Feature story | September 1, 2010 at 7:10

Our activists are suspended 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters of Baffin Bay. They have taken up position on the drilling rig Stena Don to call for a ban on deep sea oil drilling in the Arctic, and demand that ‘wild cat’ oil company Cairn...

BREAKING: Greenpeace evades massive security operation and stops Cairn's Arctic oil...

Blog entry by nyoung | August 31, 2010

Just a moment ago we launched our inflatables at the crack of dawn in the misty Arctic waters of Baffin Bay and headed straight for Cairn Energy's deepwater oil drilling rig, the Stena Don. A group of highly experienced climbers are...

Earth's hideous wooly jumper

Blog entry by nyoung | August 30, 2010

Leila, climate campaigner on the Esperanza , writes from the Arctic... Can you believe the Esperanza has been in the Arctic for a week now? When we arrived the sea was a millpond and the sky clear and spectacular with sunsets...

Danish Navy Seals ready to meet our ship?

Blog entry by nyoung | August 18, 2010

Ben Stewart, comms officer onboard the Esperanza writes... Well I have to say, I didn’t expect that. Yesterday afternoon I was on the rowing machine at the back of the ship as we bobbed along somewhere north of Scotland when...

Where is the Esperanza going? We're not saying... yet

Blog entry by nyoung | August 13, 2010

Lisa Vickers aboard the Esperanza in the UK writes... I’m on the Greenpeace’s ship Esperanza and we're leaving London today. I can’t tell you where we’re going yet, but I can tell you that we are off to confront the oil...

Oily people at Muriwai

Image gallery | July 26, 2010

Oily people point to a dirty reality

Blog entry by Jay Harkness | July 26, 2010

The pictures coming from the Gulf of Mexico are horrible; birds covered in oil, enormous plumes of crude lying just below the surface; thousands of barrels worth of oil gushing into the sea each day. And beaches covered in the stuff.

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