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Activists chain themselves to New Zealand oil exploration ship's resupply vessel

IANS  |  Sydney 

activists on Wednesday chained themselves to the supply of an exploration vessel in to stop the from producing seismic waves through blasts in the seabed that they say adversely impacts the and marine life.

Resupply Mermaid Searcher was docked in the port in to stock up for Warrior, a giant 125-metre long ship, which is exploring New Zealand's oceanic depths for on behalf of various petroleum companies, news reported.

"By stopping the resupply vessel, we're impacting the Warrior's search for and gas in New Zealand's pristine ocean," said Amanda Larsson, of the non-profit's climate campaign.

The environmental NGO said the Warrior had been blasting thousands of square kilometres of the seabed "in search of that are fuelling climate change" and also interfering with the communication and of blue whales and other marine life.

According to news website Stuff, the police arrested four activists -- while one activist remained chained to the highest part of the ship -- and may charge them under the "Amendment" of 2013 that criminalises interference with in the

Cameron Madgwick, of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand, said the protest was "disappointing and unjust" to the staff of the ship.

"They should respect the rights of others to go about their lawful business," he said in a statement.

In 2017, many environmentalists, including the of New Zealand, Russel Normon, swam in front of Amazon Warrior -- while it was exploring for oil -- close to the Wairapa coast in the aiming to stop seismic blasting.



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First Published: Wed, January 31 2018. 13:58 IST