Gulf Ship Tour

Gulf Ship Tour, what we learned:

We embarked on a three-month expedition to support independent research into the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. Join us as we present highlights from the tour, take your questions and let you know what we're doing next.

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We traveled throughout the Gulf, bringing independent research scientists on board to examine various aspects of oil spill impacts. Whether by ship, helicopter or even by submarine, see where we went and what we saw by selecting layers to view on the map below. View our ship's route, blogs, images, videos and tweets by selecting the checkmark next to the layer name. Then click on the icon to view content or on the ship route's path to learn more about that leg of the tour.

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Taking Action to Go Beyond Oil in the Arctic

Feature story | September 2, 2010 at 8:21

After over 40 hours hanging below the Stena Don oil rig, forcing the operators Cairn Energy to halt drilling operations, harsh arctic weather conditions forced four Greenpeace climbers to end their occupation by climbing up onto the gantry of the...

Captain's blog - take it or leave it

Blog by Pete Willcox | August 28, 2010 2 comments

We have just finished our third plankton tow.  In some ways it was the most difficult.  The winds were gusting to 30 knot from our stern, making it hard to stay on course at slow speeds.  The sky was completely overcast, and there were...

Getting the truth about the oil spill and confronting reckless oil exploration

Blog by MikeG | August 26, 2010

You've probably seen that our ship, the Arctic Sunrise , is in the Gulf of Mexico right now on a mission to get to the truth about the oil spill and its impacts on the Gulf's ecosystems and wildlife. You might also have seen that...

Greenpeace visits the Oil Spill Commission

Blog by jhocevar | August 25, 2010 1 comment

Today, the Oil Spill Commission is holding a day full of hearings here in Washington DC. The Commission, charged with developing recommendations to ensure that the disastrous BP Horizon spill is never repeated, is hearing from a...

Cloudy Day on the Gulf

Blog by dhowells | August 24, 2010 4 comments

Yesterday was a hot hot day. Not even so much because of the weather — although it was warm. More because a couple of us spent the day on the poop deck of the Arctic Sunrise doing plankton tows. Now, that may not seem like much,...

Captain's Log -- Arctic Sunrise

Blog by Pete Willcox | August 23, 2010 10 comments

The water is the deepest blue. There are clumps of Sargasso all round.  Where they are bigger than one square foot, they have schools of tiny fish, hiding from the sun. As we approach with the ship, the schools start to swim away, but...

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