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Rainbow Warrior III

The new flagship For 33 years the Rainbow Warrior has been the epitome of Greenpeace’s fight for a better world. Starting in October a new Warrior will set out for her first mission and continue the history of the legendary ship.



The Myth The plan

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The basics


The journey


The fit out


The structure Credits

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Profound belief Since 1978 Greenpeace activists have been using a co like the Arctic, to protest and take action against crimes such as whalin


onverted trawler, even in remote regions ng and the culling of seals.


Last mission In May 1985 the crew of the Rainbow Warrior evacuates t South Pacific, which has been entirely radioactively contaminated. This


the inhabitants of the island Rongelap in the was to be the first Warrior’s last passage.


Bomb Strike Auckland/ New Zealand’s harbour On July 10 French forei Rainbow Warrior, sinking the flagship. The operation, which kills Greenp


ign intelligence services carried out the murderous attack on the peace photographer Fernando Pereira, causes worldwide outrage.


Fernando Pereira *10 May 1950 †10 July 1985

“I will never forget the weight on my shoulders as we carried Fernando’s coffin out of the church …. The bombing of 1985 confirmed that what I was doing had a meaning …. The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior procured us a place in the public eye and attention that effectively contributed to the force that Greenpeace should be and ultimately had to be.”

Peter Willcox, captain of the Rainbow Warrior since 1978. Rainbow Warrior III will also be sailing under his command.


You can’t sink a rainbow Four years after the sinking of her predecesso The three-masted ship was financed with the compensation received fro


or a new Rainbow Warrior continues the story. om France, following the attack on the first Warrior.


Peace against violence In 1992 the Dalai Lama visits the Rainbow War protesting against nuclear weapons tests of Moruroa are once again bru


rrior II. In 1995 activists utally treated by French soldiers.


The First Rainbow Warrior

The Second Rainbow Warrior

29 April 1978 – 10 July 1985

10th July – 16th August 2011



Greenpeace converts an old fishery research vessel into the Rainbow Warrior, to undertake campaigns against whaling, seal culling and nuclear power tests. On July 10th, the French secret service sinks the Rainbow Warrior through a bomb attack.


With a three-mast converted high seas trawler, Greenpeace continues to fight against environmental crimes worldwide. After twenty-two years, the RWII is passed on to the aid organisation ‘Friendship’ and will be used as a firstaid vessel.

The new Rainbow Warrior 14th October 2011 – …..

The new Greenpeace flagship is the first high seas sailing vessel, that Greenpeace has constructed , funded entirely through donations. The new Rainbow Warrior continues to fight for a better world, just liker her predecessors. Video: Rainbow Warrior III’s history


THE Plan

Nowadays, Greenpe just a former fishin



eace needs more than ng trawler for its worldwide campaigns

Christian Bussau Greenpeace team leader ‘Task force, special projects, rapid response’

Designed by a Dutch yacht designer, digitally planned and constructed for over a year by the engineers of the Fassmer shipyard in Bremen with support from Greenpeace, and funded by Greenpeace members: The new Warrior is a one-of-a kind sailing vessel for demanding campaigns.

The 50 m high rigging makes the Rainbow Warrior into an efficient sailing ship.

Purpose-built cranes can launch zodiacs extremely quickly into the water.

A helicopter landing field enables sorties over the high seas.

Modern communication systems can transmit pictures directly from the high seas to media worldwide.

A campaign office, a hospital and a conference room for up to 50 people.

Waste water tanks and an on-board reverse osmosis water makershall provide clean water.

Length: 57.92 m Width: 11.30 m Draught: max 5.15 Crew: max 32 Sail area: 1,256 m2 Speed under sails: 14 kn

... Greenpeace needs a powerful sailing vessel





he Polish city of Gdansk is charged with history, it was here, in the summer of 1980 that Lech Walesa founded the Solidarity Union, and it is here, where, 30 years later the construction of the Rainbow Warrior III will take place. 29

From a sketch into a steel hull Hundreds of steel plates, sliced by a computer-controlled plasma cutter according to engineer’s plans, are welded together by workers of the Gdansk Maritim shipyard to form the hull of the Rainbow Warrior III.


The work will take

roughly six months

Precision work


The experienced workers put seven prefabricated parts together to make the hull, keel, deck, and superstructure.


Manual labour The steel hull’s individual parts are initially held in place with the help of manually-operated hydraulic pumps and then thoroughly welded together, to make a solid hull.

Video: Rainbow Warrior’s hull


The steel giant is 57, 92 metre

es long and 11, 30 metres wide

The journey Berne




he steel structure will be fixed on a pontoon so it can be launched into the water. The destination of the new Rainbow Warrior’s first journey is noted with fluorescent paint on the vessel’s hull:

The Fassmer shipyard in Berne, near Bremen



In November 2010, 340 tons of steel are launched into the water to take on the 2-day long journey to the next building site.

Gdansk Berne

The first journey: 1,100 km in 50 hours – backwards Video: Arrival at the shipyard in Berne, Bremen

Same perspective, different work in Gdansk it is now tim

location: After the structural me for detailed work in Berne



The fit out


any rescue cruisers, research vessels and even parts of offshore wind turbines have been manufactured at the Fassmer shipyard. However, the job to complete the Rainbow Warrior is something extraordinary even for the experts: the job is a hightech sailing vessel, with extensive equipment that much reach the highest environmental standards. 54

What engineers and Greenpeace experts planned on drawing boards months ago, is now being created in the shipyard 55

Kilometres of wire make up a modern communication system 56

Video: Electrical engineering on the Rainbow Warrior III


The Rainbow Warrior will go to where environmental crimes are happening, even to places where nobody else will go. So the list of requirements is long, like a campaigning office, from which pictures and videos can be transmitted worldwide, a conference room for up to 50 people and a small open sea hospital ward. Not forgetting two rubbish compactors, a wastewater system and a small machine that chops up glass bottles. 58

Constructing the machinery is not an easy task: The engine, here being lowered into the hull with a special-crane, provides the vessel with the power of 1.425 kilowatt and top speed of 15 knots. Nevertheless it won’t be called into action often. according to the plan, the Rainbow Warrior shall be under sail for 90% of the time. Under full sail the vessel will also make up to 15 knots, 28 kilometres per hour. 61

The engineer’s many special requests are particularly challenging for the technicians



The structure

New colour for the new Greenpeace flagship From rust-brown steel to Greenpeace green. Adding the outer coat is one of the easiest tasks for the experts of the Fassmer shipyard. More interesting is the section under the waterline. To achieve smooth sailing, the Rainbow Warrior III has a dynamic keel, which gives a draught of 5.1 metres.


Outside she’s the same, inside everythin

ng is new

Video: Sliding into water

Out of the hall, onto the water. The rest of the detailed work will be carried out on water.

Stepping out ceremony on the new Rainbow put in place. Four sails shall capt 72

Warrior: Both of the 54 metre high masts are ture the wind and provide speed. 73

Video: Installation of masts

Two masts and 1,256 square metres of sail will make the engine dispensable

To be continued ‌



Production and Editorial Team: plan p. GmbH, Hamburg Photos: Oliver Tjaden (49), Jean Deloffre, Pierre Gleizes, Marcus Meyer (4), Steve Morgan (2), Fernando Pereira, Malcom Pullmann, Keith Scott all Š Greenpeace V.i.S.d.P.: Michael Pauli Graphics: Š VSTEP Ship Simulator Extremes and Dykstra & Partners Photo Editorial Team: Michael Pauli Camera: Jens Paschke, Dirk Treske Cut: Tobias Steinigeweg, Oliver Stammel Layout: plan p. GmbH, Hamburg 79

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For 33 years the Rainbow Warrior has been the epitome of Greenpeace’s fight for a better world. Starting in October a new Warrior will set o...