Activists of the international non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace, having tied themselves to the vessel, blocked the tanker that was supposed to deliver Russian oil to Norway, in protest against the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine. This is reported by Reuters.
The activists arriving in a small boat chained themselves to the tanker's anchor chain as they sought to prevent the offloading of 95,000 tonnes of oil.
"Oil is not only at the root of the climate crisis, but also of wars and conflicts. I am shocked that Norway operates as a free port for Russian oil, which we know finances Putin's warfare," Greenpeace Norway head Frode Pleym stated.
The group called on the Norwegian government to ban imports of Russian fossil fuels and said Exxon Mobil's Norwegian Esso unit should cancel any contracts for such imports from Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
Esso Norway had agreed to buy the oil before the war broke out, and does not have plans for further purchases from Russia, a company spokesperson told Norwegian daily Dagbladet.
According to Marine Traffic, the Ust Luga tanker is currently anchored outside Exxon Mobil's Slagen oil terminal some 70 km south of the capital Oslo.