Six Greenpeace activists  peacefully boarded the 185-metre long cargo loaded with palm oil products. According to Greenpeace, the captain had already been informed via VHF radio for the protest.

Specifically, Stolt Tanker's vessel was safely scaled by Greenpeace International Volunteers, coming from Indonesia, Germany, the UK, France, Canada and the US in a peaceful protest against rainforest destruction in Indonesia. The activists were holding banners reading "Save our rainforest" and "Drop Dirty Palm Oil".

Moreover, tropical deforestation produces more GHG emissions per year in comparison to the entire European Union, exceeding every country except the USA and China. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called for an immediate end to deforestation to limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C.

Hannah Martin, campaigner on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza

We have limited radio contact with our volunteers and have called on the ship’s captain to free them so they can continue to peacefully protest against companies like Wilmar that are shipping dirty palm oil from forests destroyers into our supermarkets and homes

Greenpeace, in its press release, supports that the captain detained the climbers in one of the cargo ship’s cabins. However, according to several sources Stolt Tankers denied that the activists were detained during the transit, and addressed that they were provided with food and a safety briefing.