Monday, July 09, 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 has arrived this morning at Bolier, Dordrecht.

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