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Greenpeace 'Rainbow Warrior III' Sets Sail

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Congratulations to Greenpeace on the launch of their new, high-tech $33M ship the Rainbow Warrior III. It’s the first ship ever built from scratch by the organization and the most eco-friendly of its class in the world.

“This is no ordinary sailing ship,” writes Hayley Baker on the Greenpeace site. “It is a sleek, efficient eco-vessel, every detail crafted with sustainability in mind, from the silicon-based paint on her hull to the FSC wood of her cabins, to the onboard recycling systems and biological sewage treatment. The new Rainbow Warrior will primarily be powered and propelled by the sun and wind. It has a revolution mast design, allowing her to carry more sail, and has all of the latest digital equipment allowing us to broadcast video from remote locations and tweet from any ocean.”

The Rainbow Warrior designation has always been a core part of Greenpeace’s history ever since the first vessel to carry that name was sunk by French operatives in 1985, killing one activist. The vessel, launched in Germany on Friday, will first reportedly travel to the United States to (oddly) protest the use of coal to burn electricity and then head down to the Amazon to raise awareness of rainforest destruction.

The ship is crazy expensive (especially considering the quality used vessels Sea Shepherd purchases for 1/4 of that price), but it’s clear that the org sees this as the crown jewel of their flotilla and a sustainable model for future vessels. With an impressive budget of more than $250M, I guess they can also afford to make some dream concepts a reality. Whether or not any non-profit should spend that much on a new vessel I leave to the discussions below.

Check out a video of the Rainbow Warrior III below.

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