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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Shell Contracted Drillship.

Image gallery | February 29, 2012

Flotilla Stop Deep Sea Oil

Image gallery | March 27, 2011

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...

Oily people at Muriwai

Image gallery | July 26, 2010

Trevor Kaukau and the oily people at Muriwai beach

Image | July 25, 2010 at 11:51

Trevor Kaukau, who along with 19 other Greenpeace supporters at Muriwai beach covered themselves in 'oil' to send a strong message to the Government to stop its plans for the drilling of new deep water oil wells off New Zealand's coast.

Oily people at Muriwai

Image | July 25, 2010 at 11:46

Harold Phillips, along with 19 other Greenpeace supporters at Muriwai beach who covered themselves in 'oil' to send a strong message to the Government to stop its plans for the drilling of new deep water oil wells off New Zealand's coast.

Oily people at Muriwai

Image | July 25, 2010 at 11:38

Greenpeace volunteers at Muriwai beach covered themselves in 'oil' to send a strong message to the Government to stop its plans for the drilling of new deep water oil wells off New Zealand's coast.

Action Against Oil Exploration Expansion

Image | July 25, 2010 at 0:00

Action Against Oil Exploration Expansion in New Zealand Greenpeace volunteers covered in 'oil', at Muriwai beach' send a strong message to the Government to stop its plans for the drilling of new deep water oil wells off New Zealand's coast.

Prime Minister Helen Clark speaks before the nuclear free Tasman flotilla heads out...

Image | August 9, 2004 at 1:00

Prime Minister Helen Clark speaks before the nuclear free Tasman flotilla heads out to sea where they will meet up with other Greenpeace boats to protest over Plutonium being shipped through the Pacific Ocean.

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