Friday, January 26, 2007

ARCTIC SUNRISE

Arctic SunriseThe Arctic Sunrise (IMO: 7382902, Port of Registry: Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is an ice-class vessel owned by Greenpeace. Ironically, before Greenpeace chartered the Arctic Sunrise it was once a seal hunting vessel. The Arctic Sunrise was built in 1975 by AS Vaagen Verft, Sweden as the Polarbjorn. She entered Greenpeace's fleet in 1996. At the end of 1996, Greenpeace had prepared the Arctic Sunrise for the icy conditions of Antarctica. The vessel is 50 metres long, 12 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of 949.
The Arctic Sunrise began its Greenpeace life during the Brent Spar campaign where it was used to prevent dumping oil installations at sea. In 1997 it became the first ship to circumnavigate James Ross Island in the Antarctic, which previously was an impossible journey until a 200m thick ice shelf connecting the island to the Antarctic continent collapsed. This was just one of the many signs of climate change which the Arctic Sunrise has helped document.

The Arctic Sunrise is scheduled to arrive later today at the Holland Amerikakade, Rotterdam.

1 comment:

michael jordan said...

Ship which is owned by Environmental group Greenpeace has left Russian port for the first time after one year.This Arctic Sunrise, which is involved in a high profile protest against Arctic oil drilling.The Greenpeace finally departed to Murmansk.Arctic Sunrise should undergo a series of repairs.Finally after one year Russia released Arctic Sunrise.Read that Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has arrived in Beverwijk, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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