Just recently, Greenpeace International Executive Director Gerd Leipold signed a contract with the Fassmer Shipyard for construction of the Rainbow Warrior III.
The new sailing ship will be equipped with the latest in green technology and will be completed in time for Greenpeace’s 40th anniversary in 2011. This is the first time an environmental organization has chosen to commission a purpose-built ship instead of refurbishing an older one, like they have done in the past. Greenpeace maintains that the environment must remain the priority, even in these difficult financial times.
The Rainbow Warrior III will be built primarily for sailing, using wind energy instead of fossil fuels. There will be an option to switch over to engine powered, diesel-electric propulsion in bad weather conditions. The A-frame mast design and the positioning of the sails have been optimised for efficiency. The shape of the hull has been designed for maximum fuel conservation and heat created by generators will be re-used to heat water on board.
“The Rainbow Warrior is synonymous with Greenpeace, with taking a stand to defend the planet, and is an icon of hope world wide. Not only does it provide Greenpeace with a platform to challenge environmental abuse across the world, it provides people with the inspiration to take action of their own” Leipold said at the contract signing ceremony. “More than ever the world needs the hope and inspiration provided by the Rainbow Warrior.”
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