Originally Posted by Submarine
I'm sorry, you can't draw parallels between pirates and greenpeace. Pirates don't turn up without arms, and they are intent on causing harm to those onboard, and/or stealing. Greenpeace are carrying out a peaceful protest. Even if they boarded, that would not result in a threat to either the crew or the asset. And I think we can see that the tactics were inappropriate for the situation, it is perfectly feasible to push another boat without ramming it.
simple question is either activity lawfull? bear in mind the Greenpeace people had climbing harnesses on and we set up to board the ship to display the banner in the rucksack.
Boarding the ship in itself has dangers, as dose getting that close to a working ship or between 2 ships!. The first side swipe was well away from they ships and should have been seen as a statement of intent. You continue on with your actions when the police have made a statement like that, more fool you.
The second piece of action was to prevent the activists getting any ropes onto the ship and putting your vessel between the 2 is a viable option. The Greenpeace boats had no reason for being between the 2 ships.
to me peaceful includes not breaking any laws and not putting yourself or other in danger.
Getting between 2 ships, trying to board them and getting in the path of the ships, are not peaceful or lawful or safe actions.