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?