by Michael dEstries
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greenpeace boat, rainbow warrior III

Looks like Sea Shepherd isn’t the only organization adding a new vessel to their ocean fleet. MarineLog is reporting that Greenpeace has placed an order for a boat to replace their aging Rainbow Warrior II (built in 1957). The new ship, aptly named the “Rainbow Warrior III”, will be launched in 2011 to coincide with the group’s 40th anniversary.

Obviously, building from scratch allows Greepeace to incorporate some of the latest (and not so modern) technologies for energy conservation and efficiency. One definite departure from its predecessor will be a boat designed to take advantage of wind energy through sails. When Mother Nature fails to cooperate on that level, a diesel-electric engine will take over. The following green features will be onboard:

Hull shape designed specifically for superior energy efficiency, A-frame mast and sails– optimized for highly effective sailing, electric drive system (10 knots on only 300 kW), green ship class notation with Green Passport, biological treatment of sewage and gray water, central filling and venting system for fuel and oils to prevent spills, environmentally friendly paint system, and re-use of engine heat to make hot water.

What do you think of GP’s new boat?

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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • m12

    I’ve heard the new ship will cost 23 million euros. That’s just plain crazy. Looks to me like an organisation like Sea Shepherd could do a lot better with that kind of money.

  • Whoever…

    Well, they do need modern and efficient ‘tools’ to fight for the environment.

    I just hope this means they will start being green warriors again, as they once were…

    AR and environmental NGOs are too soft nowadays! And the result of that softness is the continuous destruction of the planet and the abuse of animals worldwide.

    Enough of talk and peaceful protests!
    We need much more than nice words to fight the ‘evil defenders’.

    Time to get tough!

  • herwin

    it also wouldnt hurt if they would start serving only vegetarian meals on board of their ship. Serving meat and fish onboard (as they do currently) just isnt really eco ,isnt it ?
    (in contrast the sea shepherd vesselis 100% vegan)

  • Hart

    Maybe Greenpeace will grow some balls too and actually try to stop whale poaching rather than just take pictures.

  • oceaneer

    Greenpeace does not need boats.. they have 3 and they are did not use just one to chase the whalers last year.. Green peace needs bigger t shirt printing machines.
    The new vessel will just be a corprate yacht for the greens
    Go sea shepherd!!!

  • Eco Mama

    When will someone from the “Goode Family” become a stowaway on a Greenpeace or Sea Shepherd ship?!!

  • Ann

    Donate it to Sea Shepherd who is really fighting for the whales and not just collecting money for the corporate offices.

  • manteo

    You 7 people should take you’re beloved leader’s advice:

    Quotes from Paul Watson:
    >>>>>”The world will be a much nicer place without us [humans],”

    >>>>>Gotta read this to believe it
    Eco-Extremist Wants World Population to Drop below 1 Billion
    Sea Shepherd founder says mankind is a ‘virus’ and we need to ‘re-wild the planet.’

    Apparently, saving the whales is more important than saving 5.5 billion people. Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is “acting like a virus” and is harming Mother Earth.

    The commentary reminded readers that Watson had called humans a disease before and he wasn’t sorry. “I was once severely criticized for describing human beings as being the ‘AIDS of the Earth.’ I make no apologies for that statement,” the column continued.


    Watson urged some solutions for mankind as part of a process to “need to re-wild the planet”:

    · “No human community should be larger than 20,000 people and separated from other communities by wilderness areas.” New York, London, Paris, Moscow are all too big. Then again, so are Moose Jaw, Timbuktu and even Annapolis, Md.

    · “We need vast areas of the planet where humans do not live at all and where other species are free to evolve without human interference.”

    · “We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion.”

    · “Sea transportation should be by sail. The big clippers were the finest ships ever built and sufficient to our needs. Air transportation should be by solar powered blimps when air transportation is necessary.”

    · At least Watson was generous and said people could still talk with one another across great distances. “Communication systems can link the communities,” he proclaimed from on high.

    >>>>>Watson essentially called for humans to return to primitive lifestyles. “We need to stop flying, stop driving cars, and jetting around on marine recreational vehicles. The Mennonites survive without cars and so can the rest of us.”

    ***** I can’t imagine a Solor Powered Coast Guard Blimp trying to rescue a “Tall Ship” passenger liner making it’s way across the Atlantic.

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