The Rainbow Warrior, an iconic symbol of Greenpeace’s activities to campaign against marine and ocean threats, docked in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront yesterday, offering public tours of the ship.
Greenpeace has 3 ships: the Rainbow Warrior, the Arctic Surprise and the Esperanza. The Rainbow Warrior has an interesting history and impressive green credentials, which the crew elaborated on yesterday during the tour. The first Rainbow Warrior was bombed in 1985 and was replaced by a second ship that retired in 2011. The new Rainbow Warrior is a purpose-built campaigning ship that was custom designed with sustainability in mind – and entered into operation on 14 October 2011.
Her green credentials include:
- A hull shape designed specifically for superior energy efficiency
- A-frame mast and sails – optimised for highly effective sailing
- Electric drive system (10 knots on only 300kW)
- Extended environmental assessment of the Ship
- Highest environmental standards of all engines (IMO Tier-II)
- Green ship class notation with Green Passport
- Voluntary environmental protection class notation
- Exhaust gas treatment, minimizing NOx emissions and Particulate Matters (PM)
- Biological treatment of sewage and grey water
- Central filling and venting system for fuel and oils to prevent spills
- Environmentally friendly paint system
Melina Laboucan-Massimo, the Godmother of the new Rainbow Warrior, quoted the Cree Indian prophecy from which the ship got its name: “There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does, a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the world who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it… they will be known as the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’.”
“Since setting sail in 1978 the Rainbow Warrior has been on the frontline of the struggle against environmental abuse,” Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International’s Executive Director, said at the keel laying ceremony, which took place on 10 July 2010 – the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the original Rainbow Warrior.
Launched last week by Kumi Naidoo is a new series of occasional web videos called ‘Living for a Cause‘ which presents an ‘insider’ view of Greenpeace. In this first video of the series, Naidoo recalls first hearing about Greenpeace when the Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk in 1985.