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Old 26 April 2013, 13:23   #1
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Peace for the 'lets see your rig thread' ;-)

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It wasn't strictly our rig. We were borrowing it. Well.... trying to anyway.
Intesting pic Al, Biggest RIG pic for sure, wouldn't they put the gangplank down for you.
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Intesting pic Al, Biggest RIG pic for sure, wouldn't they put the gangplank down for you.
Well no, actually they trained water hoses on us with 6'c water at about 10 bar and then turned one of our boats over.

In danger of derailing this thread, sorry chaps.
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Well no, actually they trained water hoses on us with 6'c water at about 10 bar and then turned one of our boats over.

In danger of derailing this thread, sorry chaps.
Blimey antisocial b@s*ds ahh!!
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Blimey antisocial b@s*ds ahh!!
Indeed and we probably deserved everything we got too
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boat was destroyed due to misunderstanding with local fishermen in Bandirma.
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Care to elaborate?
Ok but kind of a long story..... We went to Bandirma in order to intercept a drill ship and prevent it from removing it's drill derrick thus enabling it to pass under the Bosphorus bridge and proceed with drilling for oil in the Black sea.
Unfortunately Arctic 22 was trashed the night before executing the planned direct action against said drilling rig. The rib was trashed by fishermen who suspected that we were Greenpeace activists attempting to expose illegal fishing practice in that area. In the meantime the drill ship we intended to stop arrived in port.
The Deepwater champion, (sistership of deepwater Horizon ,Epic gulf spill culprit) docked in Bandirma and discharged its crew who headed for the nearest hotel bar. Luckily I was able to intercept and assist with entertaining them at said bar .Posing as a tourist and assisted by my girlfriend (who was attempting to join me on holiday but was caught up in the proceedings due to late arrival of the ship) we attempted to gather further information regarding the dismantling of the derrick Unfortunately we proceeded to get very drunk with the crew in our pursuit of last minute info. "Randy" featured in the attached video (foreman in charge of dismantling the derrick) actually had climbed over the bar at this point and begun serving drinks himself after which we parted company proceeded to stagger back to our hotel in an attempt to update our waiting team of activists with the newly gained and partly forgotten info.
Shortly after which I received a call from HQ informing us that we needed to call off the whole plan of occupying the ship due to the fact that there had been a tsunami in Japan damaging a nuclear power plant that very morning which meant that campaign priorities had suddenly changed to Nuclear instead of oil. Sadly I was forced to radio and inform our team of climbers (who by then were speeding toward the target undercover of darkness in the Arctic 22 with slashed tubes) that the whole thing was off.
That's actually only half the story. The lead up to that point was blighted with unbelievable logistical nightmares.
Anyway, that's how Arctic 22 got trashed.

Once again I apologize for the derailment.
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We went to Bandirma in order to intercept a drill ship and prevent it from removing it's drill derrick thus enabling it to pass under the Bosphorus bridge and proceed with drilling for oil in the Black sea.
Is it just me that finds using a bloody great big twin engined RIB to protest against oil drilling ironic?
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Is it just me that finds using a bloody great big twin engined RIB to protest against oil drilling ironic?
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Is it just me that finds using a bloody great big twin engined RIB to protest against oil drilling ironic?
Good point, however, hopefully before too long such protesting will serve to bring about change and offer alternatives. Until then we're a bit stuck with it.
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Shortly after which I received a call from HQ informing us that we needed to call off the whole plan of occupying the ship due to the fact that there had been a tsunami in Japan damaging a nuclear power plant that very morning which meant that campaign priorities had suddenly changed to Nuclear instead of oil.
Not that you are suggesting the organisation has no clear long term strategy and just jumps from one media storm to another or anything
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