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Adopting a page from Seattle protesters, Portlanders concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean will take to kayaks on Saturday, when Shell Oil’s icebreaker, the Fennica, is expected to arrive at Swan Island for needed repairs. The icebreaker is needed in the Arctic as part of Shell’s plan to explore for oil in the environmentally sensitive northern waters.


A flotilla of “kayaktivists” and others are expected to assemble at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Swan Island boat ramp at the end of North Basin Avenue. The flotilla is scheduled to launch at 4 p.m.

Organizers expect the Fennica to arrive by earlier that day.

The event is billed as a legal, family-friendly action; it’s co-sponsored by the newly formed Climate Action Coalition plus 350 PDX and Portland Rising Tide.

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