Greenpeace blocks Greek tanker with Russian cargo from entering UK port

Members of environmental activist group Greenpeace have prevented the entry of a Greece-flagged tanker Andromeda (IMO 9315795) into Navigator Terminals’ Thames site in Essex, England, due to its Russian fuel cargo. The police made arrests, Greenpeace said.

Although the UK and the EU have separately banned Russian-flagged vessels from their ports, with certain exemptions, vessels sailing under other flags are not banned, even if they are carrying Russian oil. The UK has said that it would phase out imports of Russian oil by the end of the yea.

Greenpeace said 12 activists occupied a jetty on Sunday evening. Georgia Whitaker, oil and gas campaigner with Greenpeace UK, said that “ministers have kicked a ban on Russian oil imports to the end of the year despite strong public support for it”.

Essex Police said on Monday that officers had been called to the Navigators Terminal late on Sunday evening. “So far eight people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and we’re working with our partners to bring a number of others to safety,” it said.

Ship tracking data showed that the Andromeda had previously called at the Russian port of Primorsk and was almost fully laden. The vessel was anchored off the Essex coast on Monday and reported the Isle of Grain in nearby Kent as its next destination.

2007-built, Greece-flagged, 23,325 gt Andromeda is owned by Victory Faith SA care of manager Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement of Athens, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Victory Faith SA. As of May 16th it remained at London anchorage.