The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise overtook a BP rig near the drill site of a major new oil well in the North Sea on Sunday, causing the rig to make a u-turn.
The incident took place approximately 20 miles short of the drill site off Scotland. The standoff between climate activists and BP has been on-going for over a week as activists continue to stop BP’s plans to drill a new well in the Vorlich oil field, containing an estimated 30 million barrels of crude.
Greenpeace UK climbers have worked in teams to board the rig Paul Loyd JNR. 11 activists have been arrested so far in the course of the week-long occupation, and three freelance photographers have also been arrested but subsequently released. In the early hours of Sunday activists attempted to re-board the rig for the fourth time, but the BP vessel towing the rig sped away from them. Greenpeace International activists then pursued and overtook the rig at around 1pm. Read on.