Swimmers stall Stena drillship

Greenpeace campaigners continue to prevent a Chevron ship from drilling for oil. The protest began last week when two activists climbed the anchor chain of the Stena Carron to prevent […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Greenpeace campaigners continue to prevent a Chevron ship from drilling for oil.

The protest began last week when two activists climbed the anchor chain of the Stena Carron to prevent it from sailing into the Atlantic.

After two days hanging from the chain in a ‘pod’, they abandoned their occupation following a court order, but hours later progress of the vessel was stalled by activists swimming in its path.

Now the ship remains 100 miles north of Shetland as the environmental group sends swimmers and campaigners in kayaks in front of the vessel in a bid to pressure Chevron into ordering the Stena Carron back to port.

Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace is demanding an end to all deepwater drilling for oil west of Shetland.

Meanwhile, EnCore Oil has signed a rig contract for further drilling in the North Sea where an oil discovery named ‘Catcher’ was made in June.

The Transocean Galaxy II heavy duty jack-up rig is expected to return to the Catcher area later this week to drill up to four exploration and appraisal wells.