Greenpeace climbs aboard fishing vessel east of Scotland

Fishing vessel Helen Mary (IMO 9126364) was boarded by Greenpeace campaigners who claimed that the boat was fishing in a protected area in the North Sea east of Scotland.

Activists on board Greenpeace ship Esperanza (IMO 8404599)sailed up to the ship and informed its captain the vessel was in a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The conservationists said its request for the ship to stop fishing in the region was ignored.

Several activists abseiled down the side of the vessel and put up a red banner which read “Ban supertrawlers now!”

Fishing deterrents were also placed in the vessels nets, after which the fishing trawler left the area. The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, which represents the interests of nine European pelagic freezer-trawler companies, including firms in Germany, said that the vessel had complied with all the rules.

1996-built, Germany-flagged, 7,278 gt Helen Mary is owned by Oderbank Hochseefischerei care of manager Parlevliet & van der Plas Haringhandel BV of Valkenburg, Netherlands. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Parlevliet & Van der Plas BV.

1984-built, Netherlands-flagged, 2,076 gt Esperanza, formerly a firefighter owned by the Soviet Navy, is owned by Stichting Phoenix care of manager Stichting Greenpeace Council of Amsterdam, Netherlands.