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New Greenpeace 'Rainbow Warrior'
Flagship To Arrive in Southport
3, 2012 - Southport, NC - On February 11th the new
Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior flagship will arrive in
Southport. The custom built vessel has recently arrived
from Europe and is one of the most advanced sailing
ships in the world.
This is the third
'Rainbow Warrior' ship in Greenpeace history. The first
was bombed by the French Navy in 1985. Over the past 40
years Greenpeace ships have been used in missions as
diverse as blocking illegal timber shipments,
confronting whalers, and conducting scientific research
in the Arctic.
The ship is
visiting North Carolina to target local utility company
Duke Energy, which Greenpeace says is holding the state
back from developing clean energy and new jobs in the
offshore wind industry. Duke operates some of the most
polluting coal fired power stations in the state in
places like Gaston County (Riverbend Steam Station) and
Catawba County (Marshall Steam Station).
Students from the University of North Carolina
Wilmington will be volunteering over the weekend, to
promote the use of renewable energy brought in their
home state. The students plan to launch a new campaign
from the ship calling on UNCW to move to 100% renewable
After Southport The Rainbow Warrior will visit and Ft
Lauderdale and St. Petersburg before heading to Brazil
for the UN “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro in June.
The ship will be open to the public on Saturday 11th and
Sunday 12th of February between 10am and 4pm.
Private tours of the ship and interviews with the
Captain are available to journalists and bloggers from
Saturday onwards. Please call 415-812-1142 for more
The ship will be anchored in the Cape Fear River with
free shuttle boat service provided from the Southport
Yacht Basin. Please wear closed toe shoes and weather
Please contact media officer James Turner for more
information on 415-812-1142.
Southport, NC Hotel