Greenpeace ships have been the beacon of hope for global environmental justice. They have travelled continuously across seas, documenting the vast diversity of the biodiversity, creatures and people since the first voyage 52 years ago. 

This year, our ships have been a part of engaging campaigns all around the globe. In the Pacific, they visited communities at the forefront of climate change to participate in non-violent direct action confronting giant multinational fossil fuel corporations. Our ships have always been a source of pride and inspiration, a continuing support across the shores. 

These images below represent a small selection of our brave 2023 to showcase places our ships have traversed to and dropped their anchors to stand up for Mother Earth.

Arrival ceremony for the iconic Greenpeace vessel, the Rainbow Warrior. The Rainbow Warrior arrives in Port Vila, Vanuatu after a nine day voyage from Cairns, Australia, with climate activists, Pacific campaigners and First Nations leaders. The ship is welcomed into port by a traditional ceremony which included kenus and dancing, with those aboard greeted by members of civil society groups, local communities and Representatives from the government of Vanuatu.
©Island Roots/ Greenpeace
Greenpeace France activists protest against the arrival of the TotalEnergies Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) floating terminal, the Cape Ann tanker that holds the floating storage regasification unit (FSRU). The 280 metres long floating LNG terminal was due to start service by September 15, purportedly to ensure France’s energy security during the war caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to the French government.

© Jean Nicholas Guillo / Greenpeace
Drone aerial of the Rainbow Warrior under sail in the Indian Ocean during the ‘Beyond Seafood’ campaign.
© Maarten Van Rouveroy / Greenpeace
Drone aerial of the Rainbow Warrior under sail in the Indian Ocean during the ‘Beyond Seafood’ campaign.
© Maarten Van Rouveroy / Greenpeace
The civil society organisation, Whale Conservation Institute (ICB) and Greenpeace, aboard the SY Witness, a Greenpeace sailboat, tour around the area of the Argentine Sea where the oil industry plans to carry out seismic explorations, off the coast of Buenos Aires, Río Negro and Chubut. The Greenpeace ship toured for a week in the North Argentina basin, where the area is awarded to the oil industry. The Argentine Sea serves as the feeding ground and a migratory path of the Southern Right Whale and plays a natural importance especially for emblematic species of Argentine biodiversity.
© Osvaldo Tesoro / Greenpeace
Whale shark seen during Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior documentation trip off Exmouth, Western Australia.
© Harriet Spark / Grumpy Turtle Film / Greenpeace
IIn a protest against the laying of a gas pipeline between the port of Lubmin and Mukran on the island of Rügen with the pipeline laying ship “Castoro 10”, about two kilometers off the coast of Rügen, Greenpeace activists on an inflatable boat hold a banner reading “Gas Destroys”. At the same time two other activists dive five meters below the water surface, and set up an air sack on the pipeline, which is lowered to the seabed at the stern of the ship. “Gas destroys!” is written on the outer wall of their underwater tent, where they can stay for a longer period of time.
© Ruben Neugebauer / Greenpeace
Two more Greenpeace climbers board the Shell oil platform that is being transported to an oilfield north of the Shetland Islands.
© Greenpeace