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Rainbow Warrior III

There’s a new addition to the Wellington skyline at the moment, in the form of the tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III (they’re 50 metres high!). The purpose-built flagship of Greenpeace is currently moored in the Wellington harbour, and yesterday at lunchtime I took the opportunity to take a nosey on board to check out what this impressive ship had to offer and hear the environmental message it carries.

Rainbow Warrior 1

The tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III stretch high above the Wellington harbour.

The tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III stretch high above the Wellington harbour.

Wellington is the final stop on the Rainbow Warrior III’s New Zealand 2013 tour, with the ship having journeyed to New Zealand from Sri Lanka. The New Zealand tour is six weeks-long, having begun in Matauri Bay, where the wreck of the original Rainbow Warrior is sunk (following being bombed in Auckland harbour in 1985). With the history of the Rainbow Warrior inextricably linked to New Zealand, as we toured the ship, the significance of this voyage of the Rainbow Warrior III to New Zealand waters (home port: Amsterdam!) was emphasised by the crew on board.

Rainbow Warrior 4

Nice to see some reminders of the place we called 'home' for the past few years - Nederland!

Dutch flag flying proudly: Nice to see some reminders of the place we called ‘home’ for the past few years – Nederland!

Special parts of the original Rainbow Warrior have a home in this new vessel, for example, the bell from the original ship and a dolphin made out of wood from the hull. The photos in the gallery below hopefully give a good sense of the tour of the ship that I took, which took me up on the main decks, helicopter pad, into the bridge, and down below deck.

The Rainbow Warrior III entered into operation in October 2011, and is a high-tech green-ship, which utilises environmental technology to underpin the campaigns that Greenpeace launches on the seas. It is built with scientists and campaigners in mind, and includes impressive communications capability to allow live-stream footage from environmental campaigns and sites.

Up on the deck of the Rainbow Warrior III

Up on the deck of the Rainbow Warrior III, looking towards Te Papa Tongarewa

The crew of the Rainbow Warrior III were incredibly welcoming and clearly passionate about this ship and its place in the environmental story of Greenpeace. The Rainbow Warrior III is truly impressive, and it was great getting a look on board. The presence of this distinctive and unique ship has certainly added some extra interest to our local harbour this week.

CIA

Photos by CIA, Wellington, New Zealand 12 February 2013. 

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