Greenpeace Ships

For more than 50 years, Greenpeace has been sailing the world’s oceans protecting our planet and fighting for environmental justice.

Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. © Nigel Marple / Greenpeace
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Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s first-ever dedicated campaign vessel ready to protect our oceans. 

Our Newest Fleet Member

From a designer and ship yard with a global reputation for building fast, solid ocean going yachts, Jaipur has the pedigree needed to campaign in the biggest ocean area on the planet. Like Witness, 24m Jaipur is a pure sailing boat, her lifting keel and solid construction making her a great vessel to access areas unavailable to our larger ships. The fact that Jaipur will be permanently based in Australia means that she will always be available to fulfil GPAP’s mission in our vast, blue region.

The Rainbow Warrior

The Rainbow Warrior is an undisputed icon. Synonymous with breaking boundaries and fearless campaigning, Greenpeace has sailed with the name Rainbow Warrior since 1978. Our current sailing ship has been patrolling the world’s oceans since 2011.

Rainbow Warrior in the Pacific. © Marten  van Dijl / Greenpeace
Arctic Sunrise Anchored at Clyde River. © Ian Willms / Greenpeace

The Arctic Sunrise

Designed as an icebreaker, the Arctic Sunrise has witnessed the wonders of the coldest places on Earth. It’s been part of the Greenpeace fleet since 1995 when it took its first trip to the North Sea to document marine pollution by oil from offshore installations. Since then, the ship has been all over the planet, including the Congo, the Amazon and a three-month expedition to the Antarctic to conduct scientific research on biodiversity in the region.

The Witness

The Witness is the newest and greenest vessel in the Greenpeace fleet. At 22.5 metres long, it is also the smallest and, due to a lifting keel and rudder, is able to navigate shallow waters that are inaccessible to larger ships.

Built in 2003 in South Africa and previously known as Pelagic Australis, the Witness was launched in Greenpeace colours in 2021 and embarked on its first campaign operations in early 2022 following a green refit, which included improvements such as solar panels, wind turbines and an optimised power management system.

Rainbow Warrior III and Witness ships in Cannes harbour. © Rasmus Törnqvist / Greenpeace

What our ships do

Our ships document the marine ecosystems and biodiversity at risk from more oil & gas
From the Gulf of Mexico and the Argentine Sea to North West Australia, communities living on the frontlines of oil & gas production are paying an unbearable price: they lose their homes, their health and income. They lose their heritage and culture.

Greenpeace ships have sailed across three seas to research marine ecosystems and biodiversity that are threatened by an expanding fossil fuel industry.

Watch the stories from campaigners on board the Arctic Sunrise, the Rainbow Warrior and the Witness and join the movement to protect our oceans, stop all new fossil fuel projects and demand climate justice NOW.

Greenpeace has been creating waves in the Australia-Pacific region for 47 years now, and 53 years globally. What began as a small group of environmentalists in Canada has evolved into one of the biggest environmental groups in the world, operating in more than 55 countries. Join us in a voyage across Greenpeace history with our quiz.

Where are we now?

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