Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Activists-Board-Dredger-Vessel-HEIN-in-the-North-Sea-27MZIFGCAJ0.htmlConceptually similarGreenpeace Stops Dredger HEIN from Discharging Toxic Cargo of TBT in the North SeaGP0DOSCompleted★★★★Greenpeace Stops Dredger HEIN from Discharging Toxic Waste in the North SeaGP0ZZ7Completed★★★★Greenpeace Collects Evidence of Toxic TBT Sludge on Dredger Vessel Hein in the North SeaGP0FPMCompleted★★★★Greenpeace Collects Evidence of Toxic TBT Sludge in the North SeaGP04FMCompleted★★★★Greenpeace Stops Dredger HEIN from Discharging Toxic Waste in the North SeaGP0LRRCompleted★★★★Action against Toxic Sludge Dumping in the North SeaGP0154NCompleted★★★★Greenpeace Occupies Dredger HEIN in Protest against Toxic Waste Dump in the North SeaGP0MQHCompleted★★★★Greenpeace Occupies Dredger HEIN in Protest against Toxic Waste Dump in the North SeaGP0IRCCompleted★★★★Toxics Action Stop Dumping TBT Sludge at North SeaGP01P20Completed★★★★View AllGP0ZZ6Activists Board Dredger Vessel HEIN in the North SeaGreenpeace boarding dredger vessel HEIN in protest against dumping of toxic sludge.Locations:Europe, West Europe-Netherlands-ScheveningenDate:10 Sep, 1999Credit:© Greenpeace / John CunninghamMaximum size:5448px X 3563pxKeywords:Actions and protests-Confrontation-Day-Dredging-Greenpeace activists-Greenpeace inflatables-KWCI (GPI)-Marine pollution-Oceans (campaign title)-Outdoors-Seas-Toxics (campaign title)Shoot:Toxics Action Stop Dumping TBT Sludge at North Sea the NetherlandsWith tonnes of kilos of toxic sludge at the doorstep of the Port of Rotterdam Greenpeace ends the protest in September against the dumping of highly polluted sludge from the Rotterdam harbour in the North Sea. A whole week about thirty Greenpeace activists prevent the dredger vessel Hein from discharging its toxic cargo of TBT in the North Sea. Activists in inflatables block the ship offshore of Scheveningen and other activists board the dredger vessel Hein and sit in protective clothing on the toxic sludge. After summary proceedings by the Port of Rotterdam Greenpeace stops the action and brings back a part of the polluted sludge to the harbour. The Rotterdam sludge is polluted with tributyltin (TBT), a toxic processed in many ship paints to prevent the growth of alga and sea acorns to the ship's hull. TBT damages sea life. Female shellfish develop male sexual characteristics and become infertile. Because of this the sea whelks have already disappeared in the Wadden Sea. The 16 million tonnes of sludge from Rotterdam that is dumped in the North Sea yearly, exceeds the environmental standard of the Dutch government for TBT with 500 times. The action of Greenpeace is part of the worldwide campaign against POP's (Persistent Organic Pollutants). POP's do not decompose readily or quickly in the environment and they cover long distances in the environment. They accumulate in the fatty of humans and animals and are often hormone disrupting.