THE RAIN­BOW WAR­RIOR

Boating NZ - - Feature -

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.

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