The action took place in the Slagentangen oil port owned by Esso, a Norwegian subsidiary of U.S.-based ExxonMobil.
Activists in a boat have chained themselves to the anchor chain to prevent the Ust Luga from going to pier and offloading.
Norway´s police had arrested 20 Greenpeace activists.
Head of Greenpeace Norway Frode Pleym, said:
- I am shocked that Norway operates as a free port for Russian oil
- The fact that our government still allows the import of Russian fossil fuels in the current situation is unfathomable
- The Ukrainian president has called on Europe to halt Russian energy and with good reason
- Putin’s sources of revenue must be dried out immediately and banning oil import is a very good place to start
The tanker is operated by NOVATEK, Russia’s 2nd-largest natural gas producer.
A spokeswoman for Esso Norway Anne Fougner told newspaper Dagbladet:
- The shipment in question was not affected by Western sanctions
- The contracts were entered into before Russia invaded Ukraine
- Esso Norway has no other contracts for products from Russia