Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska.
KIRO-TV reports the massive oil drill rig was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels.
The Noble Discoverer started its move around 4 a.m. and is moving about 7 miles per hour.
Protesters say they plan to put kayaks in the water to meet the ship along it route out of the Puget Sound.
The Nobel Discoverer’s sister ship, the Polar Pioneer, left Seattle in May, after hundreds of environmental activists in kayaks and other vessels tried to block its progress toward the Arctic Ocean.