The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior pulled into Songkhla in southern Thailand on Friday to make the usual demand that the government stop using coal and fossil fuel to make electricity.
I guess everyone knows this is the second Rainbow Warrior. French agents sank the first one in a terrorist-type attack in New Zealand back when government agents used to do that kind of stuff, killing one person in the process.
But I wondered something.
Here is a summary of an interesting part of the story that the Bangkok Post left out.
The Rainbow Warrior is powered by two 6-cylinder engines by Deutz M.W.M., rated to gulp 3,000 litres of diesel fuel a day when running flat out.
There is no public record of what the Greenpeace vessel actually consumes, for three reasons:
- it is a schooner able to run completely under sail at times;
- full-speed operation is rare, with the ship usually cruising at half speed, or 5-to-7 knots, and,
- most importantly and to the point, Greenpeace simply won’t say.
It has enough carbon fuel to cruise around tropical waters to spread the demand that governments stop using carbon-based fuel. That’s all we need to know.