They held up a banner that read “Stop Drilling.

Start Paying.”

Greenpeace activists boarded an oil tanker from oil giant Shell on Tuesday, the environmental organization said.

Four activists approached the 51,000 tonne facility from inflatable boats before docking and boarding the vessel.

It was then just north of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, and was heading for a deposit in the North Sea off Scotland.

It carries an FPSO, a floating unit ensuring in particular the production and storage of oil or natural gas extracted at sea.

🚨 BREAKING: Greenpeace activists have OCCUPIED a Shell platform en route to the North Sea!

They have a message for the oil giant - Stop Drilling.

Start Paying.

Shoutout to these brave activists 👏👏

— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) January 31, 2023

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"Occupy the platform for days"

"The peaceful protest is intended to highlight the global climate destruction committed by Shell and the wider fossil fuel industry, who have not paid a penny for the damage they have caused," said indicated Greenpeace in a press release which specifies that the four activists occupied “the cargo of the ship”.

They “have enough resources to occupy the platform for days”.

According to a tweet from the organization, the activists were still on the ship as of Wednesday. 

The platform could allow Shell to unblock eight new extraction wells, enough to produce up to "45,000 barrels of oil per day", deplores Greenpeace.

"We are mobilizing today because when Shell extracts fossil fuels, it causes a wave of death, destruction and displacement around the world," said Yeb Saño, an official of the NGO quoted in the press release.

For its part, reports the


, the British-Dutch giant denounced an action "which raises real concerns about safety, with a number of people boarding a moving ship in difficult conditions".


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