Greenpeace Stops Russian LNG Tanker ‘Coral Energy’ At Swedish Port

September 9, 2022

Today, Greenpeace prevented the LNG tanker Coral Energy from delivering Russian natural gas to the Gasum port, which is run by the Finnish government, near Nynashamn, on the east coast of Sweden. The Swedish government was urged by the environmental advocacy network to immediately halt the purchase of Russian LNG.

At an LNG facility near Nynäshamn, Sweden, south of Stockholm, activists from Greenpeace Nordic prevented the ship Coral Energy from discharging its cargo of Russian natural gas. The cranes that unload the gas from the ship are now manned by climbers. Kayak activists and the Greenpeace sailing ship SY Witness worked to stop the ship from docking.

According to Greenpeace Nordic, the Swedish government must immediately halt the import of Russian fossil gas. More than six months after Putin started his invasion of Ukraine, the fact that Russian fossil gas is still permitted to flow into Sweden is intolerable, according to Karolina Carlsson, campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Nordic.

“The Swedish government has a strong mandate from Parliament to halt all imports of Russian energy. Magdalena Andersson, the prime minister, must take action. According to AIS ship data, the tanker made an early Thursday approach to the Nynashamn terminal before turning around and departing once more around 8:00 GMT. On September 4th, it loaded a shipment in the Russian port of Vysotsk.

“The ship is still there, ready to arrive at the port without incident. The situation is being handled by the local police, she stated. According to Greenpeace, the oligarch-owned Novatek in Russian Vysotsk and the Russian Gazprom often export portions of its gas to Sweden and Finland. Sometimes using a more direct method, but more lately through a more complex system where the gas is first transferred to other seagoing boats.

Nadia Shevchenko, a Ukrainian journalist aboard the Greenpeace sailing vessel Witness, expressed her gratitude for all of Sweden’s assistance to Ukraine during these trying times for her nation. “Nevertheless, it is puzzling to me how Sweden’s government can support Ukraine on the one hand while funding Putin’s invasion and treatment of the Ukrainian people on the other by permitting these imports of Russian gas to continue,” Nadia said.

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