Shell has won a court order preventing environmentalists from boarding unmanned North Sea installations.
A court ruling on North Sea protests held by Greenpeace at Shell's Brent field has been delayed until next week.
The long wait may finally be over.
A sea bed rescue has been launched by Shell after a large container plunged into the North Sea from its Brent Alpha platform. The container is still to be retrieved, but has been placed on the sea bed at a depth of 140 metres by personnel after the Normand Subsea Dive Support Vessel (DSV) was brought in to retrieve it.