Only weeks before the Arctic 30 set sail, the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise also confronted Russian oil giant Rosneft as it prepared to drill for oil in the fragile Arctic in 2013. The Rosneft-contracted vessel Akademic Lazarev began seismic testing in Fedynskiy license block in the Barents Sea. Greenpeace approached the vessel, demanding that it stop operations immediately. Rosneft has recently signed joint deals to drill in the Arctic with international oil companies including ExxonMobil, BP and Statoil. The Greenpeace vessel confronted the oil industry in the Barents and Kara seas before being boarded by the Russian authorities.