Rainbow Warrior III: revolutionary masts raised on new Greenpeace flagship

Feature story - July 8, 2011
Berne-Motzen, Germany — A revolutionary mast system was raised today on the new Greenpeace flagship ship Rainbow Warrior III, at the Fassmer shipyard near Bremen.

The new Rainbow Warrior III with "revolutionary" masts installed © Oliver Tjaden / Greenpeace

The mast raising marks a key milestone in the ship’s construction and coincides with 26th anniversary of the sinking of first Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. The French secret service bombed the first Rainbow Warrior, killing one person, in Auckland, New Zealand on July 10 1985. Greenpeace acquired the second Rainbow Warrior in 1987 and it has been in operation since 1989.

The highly efficient mast system is a 55metre-high A-Frame, created by the famous Dutch naval architecture firm Dijkstra and Partners. The system can carry far more sail than a conventional mast of the same size. It’s the first time this design has been installed on a vessel of the Rainbow Warrior’s size.

The innovative Rainbow Warrior III is Greenpeace’s first purpose-built vessel, and will play a key role in Greenpeace's future campaigns, allowing Greenpeace to continue bearing witness and taking action to prevent environmental crimes around the world. The ship will be officially launched in autumn 2011, to mark Greenpeace’s 40th

The Rainbow Warrior’s hull has been designed for maximum fuel conservation. The ship can also switch to diesel-electric propulsion in the absence of wind.  The ship has many other features that make it much more environmentally friendly than other ships, including a central filling system for oil and fuel to prevent spillages and biological treatment of gray and black water.

“Having the latest in green technology, and using the power of the winds, we’ll be ready to confront environmental criminals anywhere in the world,” said Captain Joel Stewart, who will be the first to take command of the Rainbow Warrior III.

Fundraising for the 23.2 million euro project is still underway, with members of the public being invited to “buy” part of the ship.

For more see http://anewwarrior.greenpeace.org

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