THE RAINBOW WARRIOR
ABOVE ‘Dave the Dolphin’ is a relic from the second Rainbow Warrior.
The latest, third iteration was purposebuilt for €22.5 million (NZ$40 million) and launched in 2011. She’s the first environmental campaigning vessel, and includes several design features like a dedicated hospital room, and comfy, private, two-bed cabins complete with their own shower (replacing four-bunk models).
DAVE THE DOLPHIN – The dolphin on the hull is affectionately nicknamed Dave and is a relic from the second Rainbow
Warrior. When the team moved it onto the new ship, they found a time capsule inside. Cracking it open, they found an old, ratty bit of paper. Piecing it together, it revealed a copy of the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s When
the Ship Comes In. This has become the crew’s go-to pōwhiri song when they come to Aotearoa. THE RADIO ROOM – This is the hub of Greenpeace’s on-ship communications, including the storage of incriminating videos and photos. The new-version thick, reinforced steel door was prompted by Russians kicking in the Arctic Sunrise’s door to confiscate footage. Arctic Sunrise is one of Greenpeace’s other two vessels.
POWERING THE BOAT – The Warrior is designed to be as efficient as possible using both sails and a back up electric engine, that runs off the generator. The proof is in the pudding – the Warrior has used less than 100m3 of fuel during her six-week tour of Aotearoa, with at least another two weeks’ worth left.
Her five sails, one jib, two staysails, one main sail and one fisherman sail, measure 1,288m2 and are operated by a hydraulic winch system. They can be used in winds up to 25 knots, with the boat reaching around 11 knots. Fifty-metre, A-frame masts were chosen as backstays, easily removed for helicopters to land on the helipad – useful during ocean campaigns where they search the seas for any funny fishing business. SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES – Being a Greenpeace vessel, sustainability is at the forefront of all daily operating systems. This means waste is thoroughly scrutinised. Tanya, the resident ‘garbologist’, sorts recycling, and food scraps are separated and collected. When the crew stocks up at port, organic and local produce are prioritised and eco-friendly cleaning products and paints are always top choice.