The Esperanza left anchorage in Miami and is now on her way to dry dock in Greece. The Coast Guard sent a cutter out to made sure we were going in the right direction... Find out about our time in Miami.
The Esperanza left anchorage at 1 p.m. on November 1st and is
now on her way to dry dock in Greece. The USCG sent a cutter out to
made sure we were going in the right direction…
She arrived in San Francisco on July 15th (her first time in the
U.S.) to embark on the Endangered
Forests, Endangered Freedoms tour of Alaska. On July 18th ,
federal prosecutors filed their questionable criminal indictment
against Greenpeace based on the April 2002 incident in which two
Greenpeace activists boarded a ship carrying illegal mahogany.
After the Alaska tour, the implications of the charges for the
whole organization were becoming clear. We made the decision on
October 7th to send her to Miami. After the last couple of weeks
here, it's obvious that we did the right thing bringing the ship to
The circus that surrounded the ship when the Port of Miami
refused to provide dock space outraged sensible people and brought
sustained press attention. It shined a spotlight on our forest
campaign and the indictment.
Added to this was the exclusion zone that the U.S. Coast Guard
put around the cargo ship Tourcoing two days after we arrived. The
ship happened to be carrying timber, and federal authorities
searched it, presumably for illegal mahogany. You have to wonder:
Would the Coast Guard have been interested in what type of wood she
was carrying if we weren't around? Much time also was spent
clarifying the Coast Guard's position on the terms under which we
could ferry staff, supporters, and eager reporters to the
Esperanza, which sat at anchor two miles off Miami Beach.
On November 1st, we gathered on the beach opposite the Esperanza
with supporters and passers by to wave her off as she headed out to
Disappointed that you couldn't come aboard in Miami?
virtual tour of the Esperanza.