Greenpeace delays tanker with Russian cargo at Antwerp

Greenpeace activists managed to delay, briefly, a product tanker at the Port of Antwerp that was carrying Russian diesel.

German-operated chemical/oil products tanker Seychelles Pioneer (IMO 9255517) left a terminal at Primorsk, Russia, on March 31st with a load of diesel, bound for Antwerp. After entering the North Sea it transited westward through the Strait of Dover, then doubled back and entered Antwerp’s approaches. It reached the Zandvlietzluis locks and entered the inbound lock chamber at about 21:00 GMT on April 9th.

Ten Greenpeace protesters had chained themselves to the drawbridge at the far end of the lock, blocking the tanker’s onward progress. After a standoff lasting several hours, police intervened and cleared the protest. Seychelles Pioneer was held in the locks until about 05:45 GMT on the morning of April 10th, delaying its arrival by about nine hours.

Greenpeace Belgium said that 40% of Russia’s federal budget comes from sales of oil and gas and that these sales provided financial support for the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Greenpeace called for an immediate halt to Russian fossil fuel imports, imposition of energy-efficiency policies, and an acceleration of the green energy transition. In fact the group’s demands mainly align with the long-term policy objectives of the European Commission, but on an accelerated timetable.

Greenpeace Belgium said that “since the Russian invasion in late February, we saw 55 oil and gas tankers from Russian ports dock in Antwerp and Zeebrugge, with a total capacity of more than 3.5m m/3.

As of April 11th the vessel was moored in Antwerp.

2005-built, Seychelles-flagged, 22,346 gt Seychelles Pioneer is owned by Seychelles Pioneer Ltd care of manager GTS Shipmanagement GmbH of Bremen, Germany. ISM manager is German Tanker Shipping GmbH of Bremen, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Seychelles Petroleum Co Ltd.