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Pirates of the Mediterranean

Feature story | 24 May, 2006 at 2:00

Careful me hearties, the Esperanza soon be sailin' in waters infested by tuna pirates. No these don't be swashbuckling fish. These be humans plundering the bluefin tuna - treasure of the Mediterranean!Pirate talk aside, the fate of...

Whaling season over

Feature story | 28 February, 2007 at 1:00

Today the whaling fleet crossed the 60 degree latitude, leaving the whaling grounds behind - at least for this season. Officials in Tokyo have finally acknowledged publicly that the deadly fire crippling the fleet's factory ship means an early...

Update from aboard the Esperanza

Feature story | 12 November, 2002 at 1:00

Rossano, a cook on the MV Esperanza, tells about his moving experience of meeting with a survivor of the Bhopal disaster during the ship's stop in France.

Sicilian toxic emergency

Feature story | 11 November, 2002 at 1:00

If you live on an island, land is likely a precious commodity. That's precisely the case in Sicily, the latest stop in the MV Esperanza's Mediterranean tour. The Italian government has declared a "waste state of emergency" on the island. In a way...

Archbishop Tutu blesses the Esperanza

Feature story | 23 August, 2002 at 2:00

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined the call for a clean, nuclear free future from the deck of the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza today as the ship and crew continued their work in the run up to the Earth Summit next week.The Noble Peace Prize winner...

Esperanza investigates agrotoxics in the Gulf of California

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 14 August, 2015 1 comment

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is currently on the second leg of its tour in the Gulf of California, investigating toxic chemicals associated with agriculture. Last week, activists sent a message to food companies Bimbo, La Costeña, and...

The Amazon Reef: Brazil’s newly discovered and already threatened treasure

Blog entry by Thaís Herrero | 26 January, 2017 1 comment

We’ve launched a new campaign to defend the Amazon Reef, a unique and largely unknown biome that may be soon threatened by oil exploration In the far north of Brazil, where the Amazon River meets the sea, there is a...

Our oceans, our responsibility

Blog entry by Mike Fincken | 24 February, 2017 1 comment

For some people the oceans may seem vast - to me they are my garden and my home. For the last three decades I have spent most of my life as a sailor and a captain. So you can imagine I feel a special tie to our blue planet. The many...

The beauty of West Africa’s ocean is overwhelming

Blog entry by Pavel Klinckhamers | 4 May, 2017

Sailing across the nutrient rich waters of the West African Atlantic Ocean these past two months, I have been lucky enough to see an incredible array of wildlife. Whales, dolphins and pelicans, I have met them all in this trip. And I...

I saw the plunder of our oceans with my own eyes

Blog entry by Ahmed Diame | 27 April, 2017 2 comments

Four days, four cases of illegal fishing in Sierra Leone It was just before lunchtime on the Esperanza when a dot appeared unexpectedly on our radar. The onboard team had been discussing the four kilograms of shark fins we had found...

Pacific islands act to save tuna

Feature story | 21 May, 2008 at 2:00

Finally, some good news for tuna stocks and a first step towards protecting the Pacific Commons for future generations! Eight Pacific island countries have taken the most significant action ever to combat overfishing in the region.

100% of Japanese taxpayers support whaling - they just don't know it

Feature story | 20 February, 2008 at 1:00

Every year the Japanese government spends US$ 4.7 million of taxpayers' money to subsidise the whaling industry. Yet a new, Greenpeace commissioned, opinion poll reveals that 87 percent of the Japanese public are unaware of that fact.

Making Piracy History

Feature story | 27 February, 2006 at 1:00

Armed and masked, scouring the oceans, stealing food from hungry families – modern day pirates are a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood movies. But they are a multi billion-dollar reality for many communities that can least afford to be robbed...

Game: sail aboard a Greenpeace ship, win a trip

Feature story | 24 August, 2010 at 10:57

If you've ever wanted to take the wheel of the Esperanza to thread your way through Iceberg Ally in the Arctic -- as it's doing now to highlight risks of deepwater drilling -- or sail the Rainbow Warrior into close quarters with a ship dumping...

The "get lost zone" - a novel concept in international law

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | 30 May, 2014 15 comments

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That seems to be the thinking of Norway's Petroleum Ministry, which yesterday issued a highly irregular order in an attempt to bring an end to the Esperanza's peaceful protest in the Barents...

How palm oil companies like IOI have set Indonesia on fire

Blog entry by Adi Prabowo | 27 September, 2016

This morning, while most of the Netherlands was still asleep, my colleague Nilus and I - along with dozens of Greenpeace activists - slipped into Rotterdam’s port facilities. The temperature is just eight degrees celsius, my first time...

The battle against destructive fishing goes from sea to shelf

Blog entry by Tom Lowe | 19 May, 2016

One of the defining symbols of Greenpeace is our ships. The ability to reach areas of the world that are inaccessible to others is what allows this global movement to tackle environmental malfeasance head-on, wherever it takes place. ...

Greenpeace frees ocean life from Pacific longliner

Feature story | 5 May, 2008 at 2:00

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza freed tuna, sharks, marlin and an endangered sea turtle from a Taiwanese longliner on Saturday. The vessel was fishing in the Pacific Commons, the international waters we want to see protected as a marine reserve.

Japan, whaling and the Esperanza

Feature story | 30 March, 2007 at 2:00

It is cherry blossom season here in Japan, and Tokyo is beautiful, with lovely spring weather and trees in full bloom. Unfortunately while people here enjoy the season, our ship the Esperanza is at sea in force 8 conditions as organisations...

Three Rs urgently needed in Mediterranean

Feature story | 25 October, 2002 at 2:00

As we sailed into the Mediterranean Sea a few weeks ago, the first thing that struck me was all the garbage floating around the ship. We were starting to identify the often sighted bottle-fish and plastic bag-turtles between beautiful pilot...

Activists take action to stop dumping of industrial waste in Greece

Feature story | 21 November, 2002 at 1:00

A team of activists occupied the crane that fills an ocean-dumping barge with ferronickel wastes. Climbers went all the way to the top of the crane arm and paralysed the sea dumping operation.

Cement plant blockade

Feature story | 16 October, 2002 at 2:00

The Esperanza’s Mediterranean tour kicked off Tuesday with a protest against at a cement plant, twenty-nine arrests and some rough stuff from the Spanish authorities.

Shipment blocked in Dutch port

Feature story | 14 April, 2002 at 2:00

Greenpeace's newest ship, Esperanza, and flagship, Rainbow Warrior, joined forces today off the coast of the Netherlands to block the harbour and stop ancient forest timber from entering the port of Flushing.

Expedition launch: Arctic Under Pressure

Feature story | 12 May, 2010 at 16:20

We are returning to the Arctic Ocean with our ship the Esperanza this month to reinforce the urgent need to protect one of the most pristine and fragile environments on Earth.

Greenpeace confronts reckless oil exploration

Feature story | 12 August, 2010 at 19:11

Greenpeace is sending two ships to the frontiers of the world's oil problem. The mission of the Esperanza is clear: to confront the kind of reckless oil exploration that keeps wrecking our environment. In the Gulf of Mexico the Arctic Sunrise...

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Greenpeace Activists End Arctic Oil Rig Occupation

Feature story | 2 September, 2010 at 17:25

Severe weather has forced activists to end their occupation of the Stena Don oil rig in the Arctic last night: after two days of hanging some 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters and forcing the rigs operators, Cairn Energy, to suspend...

Greenpeace activists occupy Arctic oil rig

Feature story | 31 August, 2010 at 14:56

Our activists are suspended 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters of Baffin Bay. They have taken up position on the drilling rig Stena Don to call for a ban on deep sea oil drilling in the Arctic, and demand that ‘wild cat’ oil company Cairn...

Whaling and protest resumes

Feature story | 6 January, 2006 at 1:00

The crews of the Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise are once again in action in the Southern Ocean after 10 days of no whales being killed. Expedition leader Shane Rattenbury said: "We caught up with the whalers again late last night and saw seven...

Challenge to Japan to prosecute anti- whaling activists worldwide

Feature story | 4 November, 2008 at 1:00

Despite the moratorium on commercial whaling, the Japanese government continues to send a fleet of ships to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to kill over a thousand whales. Each season, the fleet departs for the Sanctuary and more whales...

Bering witness in a mini-sub

Feature story | 14 August, 2007 at 2:00

Our good ship Esperanza is currently out in the Bering Sea, one of the world's wildest oceans. Situated between Alaska and Kamchatka at the western edge of Russia, the Bering covers over 2 million square km of the northernmost region of the...

Who rammed whom?

Feature story | 28 December, 2005 at 1:00

We've been here before: the Southern Ocean, the Japanese whaling fleet, Greenpeace defending the lives of whales in the face of so called "scientific whaling". And in true de ja vu style, the whalers are once again accusing Greenpeace of...

Is there a cod?

Feature story | 15 April, 2003 at 2:00

The cod stocks in the Barents sea are disappearing. The stocks are showing the same tendencies as the Newfoundland cod stocks just before they collapsed. The Greenpeace ship Espereanza is now patrolling in the Barents sea north of Norway to...

Philippines - from dedicated communities to devastating mines

Feature story | 15 August, 2006 at 2:00

Scientists recognise the Philippine archipelago as the world's centre of marine biodiversity, but the country's rich marine ecosystem is severely threatened by pollution from diverse sources.

Victory - pirates in deep deep trouble

Feature story | 18 April, 2006 at 2:00

After a chase of over 1000 miles, a six day occupation and hours of diplomatic negotiations, Spain has finally agreed to declare the cargo from the "Binar 4'" - 200 tonnes of fish stolen from West Africa - illegal. Guinean officials also...

Pirate ship boarded and branded

Feature story | 13 April, 2006 at 2:00

Activists from the Esperanza have climbed on board an illegal cargo vessel full of fish stolen from Guinean waters. Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation tailed the "Binar 4" for six days, as it sailed from West Africa to dump its...

Heading to sea to stop destructive fishing

Blog entry by François Chartier | 19 April, 2016 1 comment

The smell of fish is all around the Greenpeace Esperanza. We’ve been docked in Diego Suarez in Madagascar, getting ready to take on the tuna giant Thai Union again. Fittingly, there’s a fish processing factory right next to the ship...

Taking 400,000 people on a trip to the Indian Ocean

Blog entry by Tom Lowe | 1 June, 2016

It was a sunny afternoon in April when the Esperanza left port in Madagascar six weeks ago. Its mission: to hunt down Thai Union's destructive fishing operations in the Indian Ocean. Perhaps because of everything achieved since then...

Turning ocean destruction into brighter ideas

Blog entry by Tom Lowe | 31 May, 2016

Deployed in their thousands and killing non-target species in their millions, fish aggregating devices ( FADs ) are a scourge to our oceans, devastating marine life to supply companies like Thai Union. Made up of nets, metal and...

Greenpeace boards single-hull tanker in Gibraltar

Feature story | 20 January, 2003 at 1:00

The cleanup of some 25,000 tonnes of oil from the sunken Prestige oil tanker continues along the coasts of Spain, France and Portugal. But single hull tankers are still a permanent presence in the region. Greenpeace activists boarded the single...

Wrapping up the Mediterranean

Feature story | 1 September, 2006 at 14:41

It's a bluefin tuna graveyard, white crosses float next to tuna ranch cages. We end our three month Mediterranean tour back where we started, in Spain, highlighting the desperate state of bluefin tuna stocks.

Unseasonal typhoons catch up with Shell's drill ship

Blog entry by Rob Taylor | 31 March, 2015

I can see the Polar Pioneer from the bridge – one of two rigs Shell has mobilised to cross the Pacific and head for the Arctic. It's been about three weeks since we last saw the Noble Discoverer, the other rig involved with Shells...

#MisionVaquita's sea patrol comes to an end

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 3 August, 2015 1 comment

The findings from the Esperanza's most recent research spell trouble for the vaquita. For the past seven days, activists onboard the Esperanza have been patrolling the Gulf of California waters for illegal fishing nets. In that period,...

How birdwatching helps stop Thai Union's ocean destruction

Blog entry by François Chartier | 26 April, 2016 3 comments

"I have a visual at two o'clock!" We rush to the 'monkey island', the highest platform of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, where watchers scan the ocean from sunrise to sunset. The ship changes course and heads towards the small floating...

By the time you read this, I will be 40 meters up...

Blog entry by Aliyah Field | 7 April, 2015 8 comments

By the time you read this, I will be somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, literally closer to satellites than land. And if you choose to join the six of us, these past few weeks and the ones still to come will have been worth...

Too eager to drill for Arctic oil

Blog entry by Erlend Tellnes | 28 August, 2014 1 comment

Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, is still on station in the Arctic to expose renewed Norwegian efforts to drill for oil in this pristine environment. Last week we successfully headed off attempts by an oil company to complete...

I'm in a small boat and my hands are going numb. Why am I doing this?

Blog entry by Sini Saarela | 26 May, 2014 2 comments

The salty sea water is splashing on my face and the boat is jumping up and down the waves. My hands are ice cold. We are in the middle of practice at sea, and it's hard. I'm still feeling weak after being seasick for a few days, yet...

Nine things you didn't know about Bear Island

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 23 May, 2014 4 comments

There's a fairly good chance that this is the first time you've heard of Bear Island. Don't worry. The first time I heard about the island was less than two years ago. So what’s the deal? Well, Bear Island is a truly unique place...

The perilous space between an oil tanker and a harbour

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 2 May, 2014 13 comments

This morning, one of the busiest harbours in the world was the backdrop for a citizen action to do what governments are seemingly unable or unwilling to; reject arctic oil drilling and stand up to the single-minded and ecologically...

Jenni Barrett: For the whales

Blog entry by Jenni Barrett | 22 December, 2013

In 2007 I took a trip to the Arctic Circle to photograph killer whales. The setting in the Norwegian fjords was incredibly beautiful and I found myself profoundly moved after coming eye-to-eye with one of these magnificent creatures.

Victories in Mexico for healthy food

Blog entry by Aleira Lara | 24 October, 2015

Let me share some good news! So far 2015 has been a promising year for our campaign for healthy food in Mexico. This doesn't mean that everything related to food and agriculture is now perfect in Mexico… far from it! However, I am now...

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