Ocean Defender Ship Tour

Feature story - November 28, 2012
Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza is in the final part of the "Save our Oceans Asia Pacific Tour" after visiting South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Palau, and is now en route to Manila for the upcoming Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting.

Greenpeace ship, MY Esperanza © Elliot Hsiao / Greenpeace

The Esperanza is touring Asia to raise awareness of the major threats to the health of our oceans. Overfishing is threatening our oceans, with around 80% of fish being caught by environmentally destructive industrial fishing methods such as purse seiner and fish aggregating devices (FADs). If we let this situation continue, we will soon run out of fish to eat.

The oceans are the source of all life on earth, and every day they continue to nurture us. Over 80% of the earth's creatures live in the oceans, and they provide half the oxygen we breathe. They regulate our climate and our rainfall. They give us a bounty of seafood; they revitalize us with their beauty and their splendor.

In return, many people treat the ocean as both landfill and a bottomless provider. Its creatures are harvested to the point of extinction, and pollution, trash and oil spills are thoughtlessly dumped back.

The Esperanza Pacific Tour highlights the number of impacts overfishing has had on our marine ecosystem. The ship will be in Manila this December for the Ocean Defender Ship Tour to spread the message that we must protect our oceans.

Greenpeace is campaigning for a global network of marine reserves covering 40% of the world’s oceans and for a more sustainable fishing industry. Both are vital steps to restoring the health of our oceans.

We cordially invite you to visit the Esperanza in Manila and be inspired to protect the oceans. The Esperanza will be open for public visits on the following dates and venues:

  • Date: December 8 and 9, 2012 (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Location: Pier 15 South Harbor, Manila
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

For more information, please contact Joan via e-mail at  or call +63-2-3321807

UPDATE (December 7, 2012)

“Ocean Defender” ship tour cancelled

Media is invited to:
WHAT: Press briefing on Esperanza’s relief mission to Mindanao

WHEN: 8 December, Saturday at 10am- 12nn

WHERE: Onboard the M.Y. Esperanza, Pier 15, Manila South Harbor
In light of the devastation and loss of lives in Mindanao caused by Typhoon Pablo, Greenpeace Southeast Asia has coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other non-government agencies to help with the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

The Esperanza is currently docked in Pier 15 Manila, in preparation for the “Oceans Defender” Philippines ship tour. Open boat activities on Dec 8 to 9 (Sat and Sun), and the expedition to assess the situation of the Philippine seas on Dec 10-14 has been cancelled.

For confirmation and more information, please call Virginia Benosa-Llorin at 0917-8228793.


We will still accommodate pre-arranged interviews as scheduled. There will still be a media tour of the ship after the press conference.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to strict port authority requirements, members of the press are advised to submit full names and credentials by 3pm today.