Rainbow Warrior currently in Palma.


Some days ago, the mythical Rainbow Warrior - one of the four Greenpeace - arrived at STP Shipyard Palma to undergo some repair and maintenance work. Over the next 23 days there will be maintenance work on generators and rigging, changes of foils and re-heading of the rods.

The Greenpeace offices in Amsterdam have coordinated the use of the shipyard as  well as all tasks for the ship's maintenance, repair and five-yearly inspection, which is to be carried out soon.

Captain Hettie Geenen says: "During the last visit to STP we saw that it was a good place to repair rigs. There is good space, we can work comfortably and there are many workshops and businesses to choose from." Its current crew consists of sixteen people from sixteen different nationalities assisting with the repair and maintenance work. During the campaign season the crew increases to 32, including journalists, campaign managers and activists.

The next scheduled campaign aims to promote sustainable energy. Rainbow Warrior will begin sailing near the Lebanon, continuing to Turkey, Italy, Tunisia, and ending in Morocco, which this year hosts the climate summit from 7 to 18 November.

The ship is the third to carry the Rainbow Warrior name: a tribute to the previous ships which achieved major milestones for the environment. Its construction was made possible thanks to the contributions of millions of people worldwide. The design placed special emphasis on ecology, hence mainly using the wind to sail.

Rainbow Warrior is one of the 720 yachts that have gone through STP Shipyard Palma so far this year and one of the 3,900 yachts since STP started operations in 2007.