The police have no current plans to “extricate” the Greenpeace protesters from their eyrie on the anchor chain of the drill ship Stena Carron.
Three people now occupy the yellow reinforced steel pod that was attached to the chain this morning and hoisted clear of the water.
Greenpeace said it could hold out for a month unless the government agrees to stop deepwater drilling.
Northern Constabulary said this afternoon it was continuing to monitor the situation. A spokesman said it and the ship’s owners, Stena, were continuing discussions with Greenpeace “to resolve the incident as quickly and safely as possible”.
With no plan to remove the campaigners the police said their main priority was to “ensure the safety of the protesters, those aboard the vessel, police officers and personnel from other agencies”.
Stena has requested a 500 metre exclusion zone around the vessel which is sitting close in to Bressay by means of dynamic positioning.