Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Protesters remain in OMV oil ship to protest emissions

Protesters remain in OMV oil ship to protest over global emissions

Twenty protesters who stormed an oil company's support ship in Timaru yesterday, are still refusing to leave after spending the night on board.

the ship, in port

The occupied ship's owner OMV plans to drill for oil and gas off the Taranaki coast next month. Photo: Supplied / Greenpeace

Owner of Skandi Atlantic, Austrian corporate OMV, plans to drill for oil and gas off the Taranaki coast next month, followed by more drilling in the Great South Basin.

The activists allege OMV is one of 100 companies responsible for 71 percent of global emissions since 1988.

Speaking onboard the ship, environmental Justice Otepoti member Jack Brazil told Morning Report protesters were locked together and were in communication with the ship's owners and police.

"We've just been keeping things polite and we're not wanting to cause them any harm. This is about OMV the company," he said.

"We're here to stand strong and speak for those voiceless and those who have died because of the industry." - Environmental Justice Otepoti member, Jack Brazil duration 4:01
from Morning Report

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

Mr Brazil said police negotiators had been in contact with them and so far, they had not been trespassed.

"They were saying we were doing a good job and that's recognising that this is a system's problem and sometimes good people do have to disobey bad laws."

He said they would remain on the ship for a undefined period to hold OMV to account for "war crimes" and to highlight the destruction multinational companies were doing to the planet and democracies, including corporate involvement in Latin American nations currently facing coups and social unrest.

Last month, chairperson of the climate change iwi leaders' group, Mike Smith, launched a lawsuit against the chief executive of Austrian oil giant OMV.

Mr Smith, of Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Kahu, accused the corporate's chief executive Rainer Seele of crimes against humanity and the environment, including genocide, in the International Criminal Court.

The climate activist delivered the news outside the OMV headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

In 2010, the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) published the report Unpaid Debt calling on Sweden, Austria, and Malaysia to look into allegations that OMV and other companies were complicit in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity when operating in Sudan, during 1997-2003.

Mr Brazil said: "I'm here because I have an incredible privilege in New Zealand where we actually have some pretty good news that do protect us, unlike what's happening in Chile, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Iran, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela.

"We're just here to stand up to these extraction companies ... We're here to stand strong and speak for those voiceless and those who have died because of the industry."

OMV says it respects the right to protest, but what has happened involves trespass.

The police say they are monitoring the situation.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle

Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing . By Reese Erlich President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment

On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

Tourism and international education have been two of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. They’re both key export industries. Yet the government response to them has been strikingly different. There has been nothing beyond a few words of ministerial condolence and a $51.6 million package (details below) to get the sector through the pandemic...

Binoy Kampmark: Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>