Fri, 16 Nov 2007
Pekanbaru (ANTARA News) - Greenpeace activists on Thursday afternoon blocked the path of a tanker loaded with crude palm oil (CPO) in the Dumai waters, Riau, on its way to an export destination.

The tanker, MT Westama, loaded with 30,000 tons of CPO, was leaving Dumai port when it was intercepted by Rainbow Warrior of Greenpeace.

A giant poster reading "Palm Oil Kills Forests and Climate" was attached to the tanker`s hull.

"A tanker will be helpless if a boat clings to its side, and it is still there," spokesman for Greenpeace Indonesia Agustinus Widi said.

In the meantime, Greenpeace International forestry campaigner Sue Connor said in a press release that the CPO carried by MT Westama came from PT Permata Hijau Sawit, one of Indonesia`s biggest CPO exporters.

Permata Hijau Sawit has been exporting CPO from companies known for their involvement in forest fires in Riau.

The CPO on MT Westama is being shipped from Dumai to India.

"We are trying to show the negative impact of the CPO industry on peat land and forests in Indonesia and on global climate," Sue Connor said.

Rainbow Warrior had cast anchor at Dumai port for three days, and since last month Greenpeace has been saving the forests from damage caused by the building of a camp in Kuala Cinaku village, Indragiri Hulu regency.(*)



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