Shell protesters rappel off St. Johns Bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – According to an activist group, 26 climbers have used ropes to rappel over the St. Johns Bridge to block Shell’s Arctic icebreaker vessel.

Greenpeace tells KOIN 6 News that 13 people have secured themselves in place suspended from the bridge with enough supplies to last for days. The other 13 people are acting as look out and safety teams for the climbers under the bridge.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesperson, says the agency is monitoring the situation. The St. Johns Bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic. Vehicle traffic is being allowed to cross the bridge, however, police are warning drivers not to stop, or they could face citations or arrests, police say.

Gallery: Protesters rappel off St. Johns Bridge in Portland

At this point, Simpson says there is no intention of bureau officers climbing down the bridge to get the climbers. Police could not independently confirm the number of people who are reportedly hanging from the bridge. Simpson says that when the people come off the bridge, the bureau will look into charges of trespassing.

Lt. Steve Alexander, a spokesperson with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the River Patrol Unit, says MCSO crews are on scene and helping. He says the agency will not take action unless someone hits the water and needs to be rescued.

The United States Coast Guard, which is in charge of vessel traffic, is monitoring the situation.

The Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica arrived in Portland for repairs after it was damaged this month in the Aleutian Islands when it struck an underwater obstruction, tearing a gash in its hull. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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