Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise boat moored in Murmansk seaport due to emergency situation
Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise boat has been moored in the Murmansk commercial seaport.
"Only one auxiliary engine worked onboard Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise boat in the past 20 days and no watch crew was on board throughout this time," lawyer of Greenpeace International Dmitry Kuzmin, who is currently representing Arctic Sunrise captain Peter Willcox (the U.S.) and the Dutch boat owner, said in Murmansk on Thursday.
According to Kuzmin, the Arctic Sunrise was delivered from the Kulonga Bay to the Murmansk commercial seaport on October 15 due to an emergency situation. The boat was towed by the Russian FSB boarder directorate for the Murmansk region, which currently guards the foreign boat.
The boat presents an increased risk - it has about 200 tonnes fuel on board, Kuzmin said.
"The boat has been seized and has been given to the [Russian state unitary enterprise] Rosmorport for storage," Kuzmin said.
Greenpeace's boat was detained in the Pechora Sea on September 19 for the attempted rally against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya platform. On September 24, the Arctic Sunrise was convoyed by border guards to the Murmansk port. The boat had a multinational crew of 30 people, including three Russians, on board.
A Murmansk court has placed under arrest all 30 Greenpeace activists, who were on board and who have been charged with piracy.