Fassmer to Build Technologically Advanced Vessel for Greenpeace

Written by on July 9, 2009 in Technology

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.”

The Rainbow Warrior III. Photo credit: Fassmer

The Rainbow Warrior III. Photo credit: Fassmer

Copyright © 2009 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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  1. Mike says:

    Is the hull made of plastic?

  2. Tom says:

    Mike – It’s pretty likely the ship is made of steel. Herewith a quote from the original Greenpeace news item, “…Although the first piece of steel won’t be cut until early 2010 – preparations for the build will start immediately and the ship will be launched in 2011, our 40th anniversary year.”

    Do you have some thoughts on what the “greenest” way to build ships is? I suppose we have to take into account life-cycle carbon footprint. Maybe bamboo?

    Thanks for your query.


  3. thorviking says:

    Wood, of course followed by iron not steel for ships.