The Esperanza

For over 20 years, the Esperanza was the largest and swiftest ship in the Greenpeace fleet. Until retirement in late 2021-22, the Esperanza launched solar-powered aircraft, helicopters and submarines and carried the light of ‘Hope’ all over the world.

Esperanza in the Indian Ocean. © Will Rose / Greenpeace

Built in 1984 in Gdansk, Poland, the former Russian firefighting vessel was acquired by Greenpeace in 2000 and conducted operations on whaling, nuclear transport, illegal fishing, illegal logging, scientific research and climate and energy. Its high speeds and ice-class credentials meant it was also used for polar expeditions high-speeds pursuits and for reaching places few others could.


It would be impossible to list all significant events in the voyages of the Esperanza, here are a few highlights: