A Greenpeace International ship that has been the face of environmental protection and humanitarian missions around the world has been retired after two decades of service.
As an organization focused on environmental issues, Greenpeace said it concluded that its largest ship, the Hopedoes not fit its mission because of its large carbon footprint.
“As the world changes, Greenpeace’s maritime operations must change. the Hopeeven with her electric propulsion, had a much larger carbon footprint than other Greenpeace ships and despite the constant efforts of dedicated crew, technicians, volunteers and supporters to refine and improve the ship’s technical specifications, her biology fundamental does not allow it to be consistent with Greenpeace’s vision for a zero-carbon future,” Greenpeace said in a blog post.
The NGO said it wants to lead the way on carbon emissions by finding more flexible and local maritime resources. the Hope arrived at its final port stop in Gijón, Spain, where it will be retired before being responsibly recycled.
Built in 1984 in Gdansk, Poland as a firefighting vessel for the Soviet Navy, Expectation (ex name Echo Fighter) was acquired by Greenpeace in 2000. Over the years, it has carried out operations on whaling, nuclear transport and illegal fishing, among other missions. During his two decades of service, Hope confronted illegal fishing and whaling from the Polar Regions to West Africa, exposed illegal activities and conducted studies focused on environmental protection and conservation.
The ship has also undertaken humanitarian missions, including delivering humanitarian aid and relief to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake and to the Philippines after Typhoon Bopha in 2012.
With a top speed of 16 knots, Hope was the fastest ship in the Greenpeace fleet, and it was often used to chase suspicious ships at high speed. Her ice rating also meant she had the ability to work in Antarctic and Arctic waters.
“[Esperanza] was, and always will be, a beacon of hope, born out of the support of millions around the world and put into action by those who risked their safety and their lives to stand against impossible odds for the protection of our environment common,” said Green Peace.