Hundreds visit new Greenpeace flagship on first weekend in New York City

January 30, 2012

Hundreds of New Yorkers visited Greenpeace’s new flagship - The Rainbow Warrior - over the course of a busy first weekend in the US.

The ship’s arrival last week was featured in New York Magazine and The New York Times.

Two days of ‘open boat’ events saw lines on Chelsea Piers as groups waited to be shown around the custom built vessel, which arrived on Friday.

The new Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior flagship has arrived in New York city, ahead of an East Coast tour that will take in Baltimore, Southport, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg. The ship will then travel to Brazil ahead of the Rio Earth Summit in June.

On Tuesday January 31 at 11am the ship will host an event for journalists entitled “The Chemical Disaster Threat to New York Metro Area”.

Greenpeace and coalition partners will highlight the chemical disaster threat to the New York City / New Jersey area posed by the Kuehne chemical facility in South Kearny, NJ, and the decade long effort to protect New Yorkers by requiring safer alternatives.

A new online tool will be previewed that for the first time will empower Americans to find out if their homes or workplaces are within a chemical disaster threat zone. Greenpeace Legislative Director Rick Hind and representatives from Physicians for Social Responsibility, NYPIRG, and WEACT, will discuss Congress' failure to adopt disaster prevention legislation.

The Captain of the new ship - Peter Wilcox - also skippered the original Rainbow Warrior when it was bombed by the French Navy in 1985.

Journalists and photographers are able to tour the ship and interview the Captain by appointment only.

The ship is currently docked at 59 Chelsea Piers, 17th Street and the Hudson River, New York 10011.

The ship is the first to be custom built for the environmental group, and features 13,500 square feet of sail on a giant 180ft “A Frame”.

For more information contact James Turner on 415 812 1142.

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