Greenpeace’s ‘Rainbow Warrior’ to arrive in Bourgas and open for visitors

Written by on July 26, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Greenpeace’s ‘Rainbow Warrior’ to arrive in Bourgas and open for visitors

Greenpeace’s famous vessel Rainbow Warrior is scheduled to arrive in Bulgaria’s coastal city of Bourgas soon. The public will have the opportunity to board the ship and take part in an event called “Open Boat and Festival” on August 5 and 6 2017.

At the passenger terminal at the Port of Bourgas, the ship’s visit is taking place in support of Greenpeace’s campaign “Break Free from Plastics”. The NGO wants to raise awareness regarding the danger of plastics of all kinds in the environment and, in particular, in the seas, including the Black Sea.

Bulgarian organisation Za Zemiata is part of the campaign. Greenpeace says that its purpose was to transform the campaign into a citizen’s movement demanding less plastics and more sustainable solutions.

In the past weeks, the Rainbow Warrior visited ports in the Adriatic, on the same mission. In the Italian port city of Genoa and Croatia’s Rijeka, the anti-plastics campaign event drew interest. In all cases, including in Bourgas, a movie night is part of the Greenpeace Event.

The vessel on its way to Bourgas is actually the third ship carrying the Rainbow Warrior name.

In 1955, long before Greenpeace even existed, the original was built. It was owned by the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and served as a trawler called the Sir William Hardy, until Greenpeace purchased it in 1977 and renamed it Rainbow Warrior. The NGO used it in several anti-whaling and anti-nuke campaigns in many parts of the world.

On July 10 1985, two agents belonging to the French intelligence services sunk the ship in New Zealand, by exploding two bombs, which were attached to its hull. A photographer died in the attack, which led to the resignation of a French defence minister, the payment of more than $8 million to Greenpeace, and agents going to jail.

In 1989, Greenpeace purchased a second Rainbow Warrior. The Rainbow Warrior III was custom-built for Greenpeace in 2011.

The event:

Port of Bourgas, Bulgaria, passenger terminal: The ‘Rainbow Warrior’

Campaign “Break Free from Plastics”

August 5 2017

4pm to 7pm: Open Boat and Festival

9pm to 11pm: Movie night on the quayside

August 6, 2017

10am to 1pm: Open Boat and Festival

4pm to 7pm: Open Boat and Festival

9pm to 11pm: Movie night on the quayside

(Photo: Greenpeace)

 

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