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COURTESY 350PDX  - Portland 'kayaktivists assembled at Swan Island Saturday, July 25, to protest Shell Oil's icebreaker sent for repairs to a shipyard here.Portland protesters will seek to block the passage of Shell Oil’s icebreaker bound for the Arctic, starting Tuesday afternoon, in what could turn out to be the start of a multiday civil disobedience action.


Member groups in the Climate Action Coalition are urging supporters to show up for a “kayak and water vigil” at noon Tuesday, July 28, at the Cathedral Park boat ramp in North Portland.

“We hope to be on water and on land to prevent Shell’s icebreaking ship from leaving the port,” says Maya Jarrad, communications coordinator for 350PDX, which is part of the Climate Action Coalition.

“There’s going to be some form of blockade,” says Adriana Voss-Andreae, chair of 350PDX.

Shell’s icebreaker, The Fennica, arrived in the middle of the night Saturday under heavy security to Swan Island, where it is undergoing repairs. Shell needs the ship to break up the ice as it launches oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean, and to carry equipment needed to cap any oil leaks, Jarrad says.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: ADAM WICKHAM - Demonstrator Pat Freiberg of Vancouver holds a sign on Willamette Boulevard during the first local protest against Shell's Arctic drilling plans.Organizers expect The Fennica to depart from Swan Island on Wednesday morning, so they are calling on protesters to assemble well before that and to be ready to stay overnight.

About 200 people, including folks in about 80 kayaks, protested Saturday at Swan Island after the ship arrived. That and an earlier protest may be just a warmup to Tuesday’s action. Protesters from Seattle, many of whom used a kayak flotilla in an attempt to block Shell’s drilling rig, will be joining the Portland protest. That protest coined a new term, "kayaktivists."

Participating groups include 350PDX, Portland Rising Tide, Seattle Rising Tide, and the Seattle Backbone Campaign.

Protesters are urging their supporters to follow their Twitter feeds at @PDXvsShell and "ShellNo.

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