Greenpeace blockades wood pulp shipment

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Greenpeace said it blockaded a ship on Friday slated to carry a cargo of wood pulp from a Canadian freshwater port to a German plant operated by Stora Enso in protest over what the environmental group said are destructive logging practices.

Greenpeace’s 50-metre ship Arctic Sunrise blocked the Jaeger Arrow from leaving the port of St-Fulgence on the Saguenay River near Chicoutimi, Quebec, about 460 kilometers (288 miles) northeast of Montreal, said Richard Brooks, forest campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada.

The Jaeger Arrow was carrying about 6,500 tones of pulp from the Saint-Felicien, Quebec, mill of SFK Pulp Fund destined for forest-products company Stora Enso’s Kabel facility in Germany, Greenpeace said.

Greenpeace had four Zodiac boats in the water near the Jaeger Arrow and activists had climbed the cargo ship’s mooring lines.

Greenpeace is opposed to logging practices that it says are destroying the habitat of woodland caribou in the Canadian boreal forest.

Friday’s action is part of a plan to put pressure on the customers of Canadian forest products companies that in Greenpeace’s view are not heeding its call for less destructive logging practices.

“We will stay in the water until the companies commit to taking action,” Brooks said.

Greenpeace said SFK Pulp uses woodchips that are supplied mainly by Abitibi-Consolidated Inc, the big newsprint maker that is being taken over by Bowater Inc.

In August, the Arctic Sunrise tried to intercept a ship carrying 30,000 tones of coal from Michigan to a power plant at Nanticoke, Ontario.

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