MV Esperanza

MV Esperanza was a ship operated by Greenpeace. Previous to being a Greenpeace ship it was a fire-fighting vessel owned by the Soviet Navy, built in 1984. It was recommissioned in 2000 and relaunched in 2002 after being named Esperanza ('hope' in Spanish) by visitors to the Greenpeace website. It had undergone a major refit by Greenpeace to make it more environmentally friendly. A new helicopter deck and boat cranes were also added. The ship was powered by two Sulzer V12 marine diesel engines.

Greenpeace ship "Esperanza" off Gravesend.jpg
Esperanza on the River Thames off Gravesend, England, August 2010.
Soviet Union
OperatorNorthern Fleet
BuilderStocznia Północna, Gdansk, Poland
Yard numberB98/04[1]
FateSold to Greenpeace
OwnerStichting Phoenix Maastricht
Port of registryAmsterdam, Netherlands
Out of service2022
FateScrapped in Gijón, Spain, 2022
NotesFormer names: Vikhr-4, Echo Fighter, Eco Fighter
General characteristics
Class and typeBuilt as Type B98 expedition/research ship
Tonnage2,076 GT
Length72.3 m (237 ft 2 in) o/a
Beam14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)
Draft4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Ice class1A
Propulsion2 × 2,938 bhp (2,191 kW) Sulzer V12 engines
Speed18.8 knots (34.8 km/h; 21.6 mph)
Range19,000 nmi (35,000 km; 22,000 mi)
Boats & landing
craft carried
2 large and 3 small rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB)
Aviation facilitiesHelipad

The ship had a heavy ice class,[3] giving it the ability to work in polar regions. It had a top speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) and an overall length of 72.3 metres (237 ft 2 in). This made it the fastest and largest of the Greenpeace fleet.[3]

Original painted in blue livery, during December 2014 it called at Palumbo Malta Superyachts for repairs and a new livery, acquiring a green hull like other Greenpeace vessels.

Esperanza has been involved in many world wide campaigns, protecting environment and wildlife. She was decommissioned and sold for scrap in 2022.

Video equipment aboardEdit

Greenpeace added live webcams to the Esperanza in 2006. The webcams are positioned on the bow of the ship, the mast and the bridge, they send a new image every minute to their Defending Our Oceans website and provide an archive of action.

In April 2006, the Esperanza was equipped with state-of-the-art underwater monitoring equipment, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which can shoot video down to a depth of 300 metres (980 ft), and a drop camera capable of reaching depths of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft).

Operational careerEdit

The Esperanza participated in fishery patrols with Kiribati and the Marshall Islands in 2006.[4] In January 2017, the ship launched an ROV off the Atlantic Coast of Brazil to help document the largely unknown Amazon Reef in advance of planned developments by oil companies.

In 2020 the Esperanza sailed the Protect the Oceans campaign, a voyage from the Arctic to the Antarctic. This almost year-long voyage was one of Greenpeace’s biggest ever expeditions and highlighted the many threats the oceans are facing. [5]

With Greenpeace’s vision for a zero-carbon future, it was decided to retire the Esperanza. Early 2022 she was decommissioned and sold for scrap to Spain. Her last voyage she sailed 7 February 2022 from her homeport Amsterdam to Bilbao. Then from Bilbao to Gijón where she arrived 12 February 2022, to be dismantled and recycled. [6]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Esperanza Arrives in Singapore for Maintenance Period". 24 January 2012.
  2. ^ "VIKHR-4 - IMO 8404599 - Callsign PD6464 - - Ship Photos and Ship Tracker".
  3. ^ a b "The Esperanza". Greenpeace International.
  4. ^ "PLUNDERING THE PACIFIC: Summary of findings of Greenpeace joint enforcement exercises with FSM and Kiribati, September 4th – October 23rd 2006". Greenpeace. Archived from the original on 2020-04-26. Greenpeace and fisheries authorities from Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Kiribati have, over the course of seven weeks, undertaken joint surveillance and enforcement exercises in the Pacific. The work included patrolling the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of both nations, and boarding and inspecting fishing vessels found in these areas. The collaboration has exposed some key findings about the nature of illegal, unreported and unregulated IUU fishing in the Pacific.
  5. ^ "Join us on an epic voyage to protect the oceans".
  6. ^ "Hope floats: The Greenpeace Esperanza retires after two decades, but the light shines on".

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