'Rainbow Warrior' too tall to visit

Photo by Greenpeace.
Photo by Greenpeace.
A visit to Dunedin by Greenpeace's new Rainbow Warrior has been cancelled because the ship is too tall to fit under aerial cables across the harbour near Port Chalmers.

Greenpeace New Zealand communications officer Dean Baigent-Mercer said the organisation was ''gutted'' it would not be visiting Dunedin early next week as planned.

Greenpeace had just found out yesterday afternoon the ship was too tall to make it under cables over Otago Harbour, he said.

''The Rainbow Warrior is really tall; she is nearly 58m long and 53m high - that's nearly 17 storeys high.''

The ship also needed ''routine'' maintenance, which meant it was unlikely it would be able to make its planned visit to Oban, Stewart Island. Greenpeace would do its best to reschedule its planned stop in Bluff, he said.

The Greenpeace ship, the third to carry the Rainbow Warrior name, is on its first trip to New Zealand.

Greenpeace had planned to offer free public tours of the ship while it was in Dunedin.

Add a Comment

 

drivesouth-pow-generic-1.png

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter