04.Dec.2002 Greenpeace continues to campaign
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Greenpeace continues to campaign
against unsafe oil tankers
in the aftermath of the disastrous Prestige spill
off the coast of Spain.
After delaying the departure of the Byzantio,
chartered by the same company,
that chartered the Prestige,
Greenpeace activists confronted the ship
off the coast of Denmark
and then attached a banner and climbed the ship
when it docked in Rotterdam this afternoon.
As well today,
Greenpeace activists "decorated" the headquarters of Crown Resources in Zug,
with waste from the Prestige spill.
More than ten thousand people from around the world
have sent letters to the International Maritime Organization.
This is the fastest response ever to a Greenpeace international cyberaction.
Thank you to everyone who has participated.
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Here's the latest news release:
Greenpeace protests against "Floating Dustbin" in Rotterdam Harbour
4 December 2002
- Greenpeace activists today
continue to highlight the threat of unsafe transport vessels
in the world's oceans.
Activists climbed the now infamous "floating dustbin",
a 26 year old,
single hulled vessel
transporting over 50,000 tonnes of oil
and hung a banner,
which read "oil hazard" onboard.
Other activists were set to paint the same words on the hull of the ship.
Today's action comes in the
run-up to tomorrow's
EU Council Ministers'
meeting in Brussels.
They are expected to announce measures for improving maritime safety
to reduce the risk of accidents.
On December 12 and 13
the EU Heads of Government
and will be discussing the issue of maritime safety.
On December 3rd,
the European Commission requested
that member states
speed up the implementation
of safety measures
adopted after the Erika oil spill
three years ago.
these measures will not be sufficient
to prevent another disaster,
The EU Commission also published a list of
that have been classified as
neither the disastrous Prestige,
nor the Byzantio appear on this list.
"When are politicians going to wake up
that tackling this mess
goes beyond mere suggestions,"
said Marietta Harjono of Greenpeace.
"Now is the time for European governments
to take action and stop these old rust buckets
from causing more damage to the oceans.
Now is the time for immediate implementation of effective safety measures."
Greenpeace is demanding
full and unlimited liability
throughout the chain of responsibilities,
including the owners,
managers and operators of a vessel
and of any charterers or owners of the cargo.
that the EU
the use of single hulled tankers
exclude ecologically sensitive areas from shipping routes.
activists in Switzerland
have sent a message to
the company that has chartered both
the Byzantio and the Prestige:
Clean up your mess now!
pointing to the fact that
as charterers of the Prestige
they should be held responsible
for the ecological disaster.
On Friday, November 29
began to highlight
the imminent passage of the
through the same route
as the ill-fate Prestige
that broke off and sank
off the coast of Spain
earlier last month.
delayed the Byzantio's departure from Tallinn, Estonia
during 5 hours.
Two days later,
escorted the Byzantio through the Danish Belts,
drawing attention to the dangerous shipment
by hanging banners with the word "Hazard" on the hull.
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