Rainbow Warrior (2011)

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Rainbow Warrior in the port of Amsterdam (2011)
Name: Rainbow Warrior
Owner: Greenpeace
Port of registry: Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ordered: July 2009
Builder: Fr. Fassmer GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen, Germany[1]
Cost: €22.5m[2]
Launched: October 2011
Christened: October 2011
Completed: October 2011
Identification:IMO number9575383
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Motor assisted yacht
Tonnage: approximately 855 GT[2]
Length: 61.34 m (201 ft 3 in) oa[3]
Beam: 11.30 m (37 ft 1 in)[2]
Height: 54.25 m (178 ft 0 in) (air draft)[2]
Draught: 5.15 m (16 ft 11 in)[2]
Propulsion: Sail with diesel-electric backup[2]
Speed: 15 kts
Capacity: 30 persons[2]

Rainbow Warrior (sometimes Rainbow Warrior III) is a purpose-built motor-assisted sailing yacht owned and operated by Greenpeace and intended for use in their activities such as environmental protests and scientific excursions. She was christened on October 14, 2011,[4] and has replaced Rainbow Warrior II after further upgrades and maintenance of the older ship had been shown to be impractical.[5]

The vessel is the first Rainbow Warrior that is not converted from another vessel. Her hull was constructed in Poland and she was built in Germany, to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the group's use, including advanced telecommunication equipment, specialised scientific equipment and a helicopter landing pad.[6] The ship is also designed to be one of the "greenest" ships afloat, and to showcase this quality, it runs primarily using wind power, with a 55 m mast system which carries 1255 sq meters of sail and is backed up by a "state-of-the-art hybrid". On board the ship can store up to 59 cubic meters of greywater and blackwater, avoiding the need for disposal at sea. All materials, from the paintwork to the insulation, have been chosen with a view to sustainability, and each component has been supplied with transparent ethical sourcing.[2]

Construction and crowdfunding[edit]

Inside the bridge

Construction of the ship began in the summer of 2010 in Gdansk before being transported to the Fassmer Shipyard near Bremen in Germany to be fitted out before being launched in October 2011. The ship was in part funded by a crowd funding project set up by Greenpeace. Supporters were encouraged to buy parts of the ship through a specifically designed website. Supporters in turn received a certificate for their contribution and had their names etched onto a digital artwork on board the vessel. The website live-streamed names and messages, tying people directly to the part of the ship they contributed to. The multimedia site was also accompanied by a webcam allowing people to follow the ship's construction up to its launch date.[7] The project received over 100,000 donors from around the world.[8]

First tour[edit]

After its launch in Bremerhaven, Germany, the new Rainbow Warrior toured ports in Europe (Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm and Barcelona) welcoming supporters on board the new ship and holding specific events such as onboard concerts. The ship was also visited by celebrity supporters such as Radiohead's Thom Yorke, who was part of the ship's maiden voyage,[9] and Michelin two-starred chef Diego Guerrero in Barcelona.[10] In January 2012, the ship travelled to the East Coast of the USA, planning to dock at New York City, Baltimore, Southport, North Carolina, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg, Florida.[11] In March 2013, the ship travelled to Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fassmer to build new vessel for Greenpeace". Fr. Fassmer GmbH & Co. KG. July 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The New Rainbow Warrior". Greenpeace. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  3. ^ "Vessel details for: RAINBOW WARRIOR (Sailing Vessel)". MarineTraffic. 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  4. ^ "A new Rainbow Warrior sets sail". Greenpeace. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  5. ^ Greenpeace to build £14m flagship - The Observer, Sunday 17 January 2010
  6. ^ "Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior III takes shape".
  7. ^ "Greenpeace Crowdfunds Their Next Warrior". Ideasspotter. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  8. ^ "A new Rainbow Warrior sets sail". Greenpeace. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  9. ^ "Thom Yorke on board the Rainbow Warrior 3". The Telegraph. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  10. ^ "This is the best meal of my life". Greenpeace. 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  11. ^ "2012 Ship tour: Get on board". Greenpeace. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-02-20.

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