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The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior III (Image courtesy of Greenpeace International)

Greenpeace International said it is sending a ship out to confront and protest the arrival of a tanker in Rotterdam carrying the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic circle.

On Monday the environmental group said it sent the “Rainbow Warrior III” to meet the Russian-flagged tanker Mikhail Ulyanov.

Greenpeace spokesman Arin de Hoog could not say when the two vessels are expected to meet or what form the protests will take.

The Russian tanker is carrying a new Arctic crude blend called ARCO, introduced last week by Gazprom.

Total SA is reported to be the customer for the first consignment.

The crude is from the Prirazlomnoye field located in the Pechora Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, Russia,  40 miles offshore.

Production started six months ago.

The development of the field is based on the single stationary Prirazlomnoye platform.

In September, two Greenpeace activists with climbing gear scaled the side of Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform.

Russia then arrested 29 activists and seized the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise in the Barents Sea.

The crew and ship were later released.