February 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 energy.
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 information.
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 appropriate clothing.
Please contact media officer James Turner for more information on 415-812-1142.