MV Sirius

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MV Sirius berthed at Amsterdam
Career (Netherlands)
Name: MV Sirius
Builder: Boele Shipyard
Cost: 2.5 million euro
Laid down: 1950
Fate: Sold To Greenpeace In 1981
Career (Greenpeace)
Name: MV Sirius
Owner: Greenpeace
Operator: Greenpeace
Port of registry: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Acquired: 1981
Out of service: 1996
Fate: Training Ship
General characteristics
Tonnage: 440 gross tonnes
Length: 46 m (151 ft)
Beam: 8.43 m (27.7 ft)
Draft: 3.01 m (9 ft 11 in)
Installed power: 650 hp (480 kW; 640 hp)
Propulsion: 1 Smit MAN 6-cylinder diesel engine
Speed: 9–12 kn (17–22 km/h)

The MV Sirius is a Greenpeace ship named after the star Sirius. The Sirius was built with modern specifications at the Boele shipyard in the Netherlands in 1950 as one of 7 pilot vessels. The ship, originally owned by the Royal Dutch Navy, was sold to Greenpeace during 1981 while in dry dock. The ship was refitted, repaired, and repainted. It took ten weeks to paint her. The ship's colour scheme was soon changed to a green hull and rainbow colours and a white dove of peace with an olive branch was painted on the bow. Sirius was refitted with more modern navigation systems, communication equipment, lifeboats, and rafts. The pantries were turned into outdoor engine rooms and the mess room became a storage room.

Sirius served as the flagship of Greenpeace Netherlands through 1998, after which she was retired. She is now docked at Amsterdam, where she serves in an educational capacity, offering shipboard tours and environmental education.

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