A Tour Inside Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior is a one of a kind ship that witnesses and campaigns against environmental crimes all over the world. The schooner arrived in Pier 15 South Harbor, Manila on Wednesday for their “Balangaw: The Climate Justice Ship Tour” which will educate people about climate justice. It will also have port stops in Tacloban, Leyte and in Guimaras Island until March 5.

The Rainbow Warrior is an eco-friendly vessel with a boatload of features such as a helicopter-landing pad, advanced telecommunication equipment, rubber boats and special equipments for scientists to spot illegal environmental activities. It can biologically treat sewage and other wastes of water in the event of an emergency and the heat of the engine can make hot water.

In 1985, French secret service agents planted two bombs which sank the original Rainbow Warrior at the Auckland Port in New Zealand. A second Rainbow Warrior was decommissioned in August 2011 which was sold to a Bangladesh nongovernmental organization called Friendship to serve as a hospital ship. Rainbow Warrior II was renamed as Rongdhonu which is Bengali for rainbow. Rainbow Warrior III followed and it was launched, completed and christened in August 2011.


The Rainbow Warrior is 57.92 meters long and it weighs 855 tons. It has a maximum speed of 15 knots with a diesel-electric drive system. It can accommodate 33 people and according to one of the crew members, it can sustain itself off land for 37 days.


Brook Dunn is our tour guide.


This is the rear deck. We had our lunch here while watching the performances of Catholic Filipino Academy’s Homeschool Orchestra. The rear deck can also be converted into a helicopter landing pad.


Tarpaulin of the Balangaw: Climate Justice Tour.


AMOSUP PTGWO ITF’s ship can be seen from the ship.


Safety equipment inside one of the rooms.


Organized tools in the tool room.


This is the Dolphin’s Deck


Dave the Dolphin on the ship’s bow


The ship’s bell with “Rainbow Warrior 2011” engraved on it.


Two A frame masts which are optimised for highly effective sailing.


Inside the wheelhouse of the ship.


Usually, the ship is on autopilot. Which is activated with the button with “Navipilot 4000” on it.


This tell’s the crew which parts of the ship’s doors are closed which is very important in sailing.


One of the ship’s rubber boats


A rear view of one of the ship’s action boats


The ship’s action boat and its interiors.

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