365 days a year, 24 hours a day, Greenpeace ships are at sea somewhere in the world
In 1971, a group of activists boarded the old fishing boat Phyllis Cormack, setting sail for the Aleutian Islands to get in the way of underground nuclear tests. Greenpeace, the word emblazoned on their sails, has since come to stand for a vision of a sustainable and peaceful world. It has also become synonymous with nonviolent direct action on the seas and on land.
Since our inception, Greenpeace has always maintained a presence in waters the world over. Whether documenting whaling in the Southern Ocean, or chasing down oil tankers off the coast of Europe, or traveling down the Amazon to track deforestation, or breaking ice in the Arctic to guard against oil exploration, our ships are central to our work and mission.
Our main fleet is comprised of three oceangoing vessels:
The Rainbow Warrior
The third Rainbow Warrior is the first ship in our fleet designed and built specifically for Greenpeace. She is one of the most environmentally-friendly ships ever made, built of mostly sustainable materials, with huge sails, and a super-efficient diesel engine when the wind isn’t doing it. She comes equipped with a helicopter deck, state-of-the art communications capabilities, and room for 30 crew. The Rainbow Warrior
The Arctic Sunrise
Since 1996 the Arctic Sunrise, originally designed as an icebreaker, has come within reach of both poles and navigated both the Amazon and Congo rivers. Because she has a rounded, keelless bottom, she is perfectly-suited for icy seas. The Arctic Sunrise was the base of operations for Greenpeace activists known as the Arctic 30, who were detained by Russian authorities for months after they protested a Russian Arctic drilling platform. The Arctic Sunrise was held by the Russian government for nearly a year, but she’s now back where she belongs, peacefully protesting somewhere out there. The Arctic Sunrise
Launched in February 2002, the Esperanza is the largest of the Greenpeace fleet, at almost 240 feet. Originally a fire-fighting vessel, the Espy is fast and feels right at home in heavy ice. She is great for long-range work, is fitted with a helicopter deck, and has special cranes from which to launch inflatables. The Esperanza
In addition to our ships, Greenpeace International has a small navy of inflatable crafts. These light, maneuverable, and very sturdy craft are perhaps our most effective tools at sea. For getting between a whaling harpoon and whales, stopping toxic waste dumping at sea, confronting illegal fishing boats, or getting to the base of drilling platforms, they have no equal.
In addition to our oceangoing vessels, Greenpeace USA has a bunch of other vehicles that log a lot of miles in the air and on the ground. Here are just a few:
The A.E. Bates Thermal Airship
Yup, Greenpeace has an airship. And it's awesome. Named for legendary volunteer A.E. Bates, we launch this puppy when it's time to make a big, loud, unmissable point. Just don’t call her a blimp. The A.E. Bates Thermal Airship
The Rolling Sunlight
This portable solar power installation is not just about touring the country to show off the capabilities of solar power (which it does). It’s also about providing much needed clean energy, such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when the Rolling Sunlight was on the scene providing power to the relief effort. The Rolling Sunlight
Hot Air Balloons
For decades, hot air balloons have been getting the word out during Greenpeace actions. Hot Air Balloons