The Department of Foreign Affairs has offered consular assistance to a Tasmanian man caught up in an environmental protest drama in the Arctic.

Tasmanian man Colin Russell, 59, and British-born Australian resident Alex Harris are among 30 activists onboard the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker ship, which was used in an attempt to board a drilling platform.

Julie Macken from Greenpeace says Mr Russell had barricaded himself in the radio room before it was stormed by armed Russian security forces.

She says the marine radio operator from Woodbridge in Tasmania's south had been involved with Greenpeace for a long time

"He'd been musing at the time that at 59, maybe he's getting too old for this," she said.

"I guess this kind of result is enough to make any bloke think they're getting too old for this."

Armed Russian border guards are currently towing the ship back to port.

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