It’s mid-morning now and our climber is still hanging in there on the anchor chain of the Gran Couva. It rained heavily after dark so it wasn’t the most comfortable way to spend the night, but now the sun is beating down once more.
Earlier this morning, the Gran Couva took a pilot on board to guide them out of the port but of course with the anchor still in place they are unable to leave. I was on the bridge when over the radio we heard the captain of the Gran Couva say something along the lines of, “Well, apart from Greenpeace hanging on my anchor chain, I’m ready to go.” So one person has successfully stopped a massive shipment of palm oil leaving for Europe.
In the past half-hour, the police have arrived at the scene and Bustar, the on board campaigner, has gone to negotiate with them. Madeleine, our captain, has also spoken to the harbour master who asked if our climber would kindly move to another ship so the Gran Couva can depart, which brought a smile to our faces.
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posted by Jamie on board the Esperanza