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.

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Who's going to defend the Arctic?

Blog entry by jamie | January 20, 2011

The masters at Marvel comics would struggle to find bad guys worse than these. Take two of the world’s biggest environmental villains – Russian Rosneft (special powers: oil leaks. 7,526 in 2009 alone ) and British BP (special...

Game: Big Oil Vs Greenpeace to save the Arctic

Blog entry by nyoung | December 16, 2010

It may not be the most festive of themes, but at least our holiday gift to you this year is not a tie or socks. It's a free print & play board game called Deepsea Desperation. It's all about Greenpeace against Big Oil, with one...

Activists occupy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Blog entry by nyoung | November 23, 2010

Four activists took action today, climbing 39 metres over the water at the deepwater oil rig “Centenario”, off the coast of the State of Veracruz, in Mexico. The activists scaled the rig early this morning to call for an end to...

Launch of the Clean Technology Centre in Otaki

Blog entry by Nathan Argent | November 18, 2010

This morning I attended the launch of the Clean Technology Centre in Otaki - a small town that hugs the Kaptiti coast just north of Wellington. The centre has been six years in the making and is a joint initiative between the Kapiti...

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...

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