After a mammoth 50 hours in the water in front of their drill ship, following 100 hours on Chevron's anchor chain, the oil giant's lawyers have again stopped our protest.

Last night we received news over the ship's radio that Chevron had gained another injunction against us, preventing us from interfering in any way with their operation - otherwise face massive daily fines.

We pulled our last swimmers out of the water yesterday afternoon at about four, all of us exhausted after round-the-clock shifts to block the 228-metre Stena Carron from reaching its drill spot.

Looking around the mess room at the faces of everyone on board, you could see that although everyone was tired, they all had a glow of satisfaction and success.

Just a couple of days ago, we thought we were going to jump in front of this ship and - at best - delay it, or force it to change course. Two days later, it was still stationary, on the spot where we'd stopped it.

After coming out the water, last night was our first chance to really share our stories from being in the sea. Up to that point it'd been non-stop: get kitted up, in the boat, in the water, out the water, wash down, hang kit up, eat, sleep, repeat.  Now that we're all back together on board, everyone's talking about how big their swell was, how to deal with non-compliant flippers, what to do when half your suit fills with seawater and other things you learn on the job.

One thing we've all been agreeing on is how unified the action felt. This wasn't just a couple of daring individuals, this was everyone - from deckhands, engineers, campaigners, videographer and webby - we all got involved. The small crew of the Esperanza mobilised to stop that ship and we did it. We hope you'll forgive us a bit of pride.

Stopping a massive drill ship with nothing but your bodies is an empowering feeling. But we know this is just one ship and only one drill site. If we want to avoid a Deepwater Horizon in UK waters, or stand a chance of stopping climate change, we have to stop deepwater drilling altogether and invest in clean energy alternatives to oil.

We'll be talking more on that soon, but right now we just wanted to say - from an exhausted Esperanza - thank you for all your support. We've been boosted by all your messages from all around the world that have kept our morale sky high when energy levels have been tested. It really makes a huge difference.

Thanks also to all of you on Facebook and Twitter who have been helping share our progress and spread the message that the time has truly come for us to go beyond oil.

-- James on the Esperanza

Photo: © Will Rose / Greenpeace