Activists suspend themselves from Portland's St. Johns Bridge in an attempt to block Shell's icebreaker from returning to Alaska. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace Protestors Still Hanging from Bridge Block Shell Icebreaker

  Update: Shell’s Fennica icebreaker tried to make a pass under the bridge Thursday morning but was turned around by the protestors. According to a Greenpeace update from just moments ago: 8:01am PDT: The Fennica has turned around and headed back to port, but our activists on the bridge are staying strong. Shell’s ship is […]




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Arendal Spirit is Teekay’s newest big, round accommodation rig that is currently home to about 500 workers offshore Brazil. The unit is technically called a ‘Unit for Safety and Maintenance’ and was built based on Sevan Marine’s proprietary cylindrical hull design, which is supposed to enhance stability and motion characteristics. The vessel has 500 beds in 248 cabins with en-suite […]

Activists suspend themselves from Portland's St. Johns Bridge in an attempt to block Shell's icebreaker from returning to Alaska. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace Activists Hang from Bridge to Block Shell Icebreaker

  A group of twenty six Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from a bridge in Portland, Oregon in an effort to stop Shell icebreaker from heading back to Alaska where it is needed for the company’s arctic drilling operations. The Greenpeace climbers and dozens of so-called ‘kayaktivists’ have positioned themselves under the St. Johns Bridge […]

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