‘Rainbow Warrior III’ contract for Rondal...

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‘Rainbow Warrior III’ contract for Rondal...

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The Dutch company will supply the ground-breaking 'double-A' rig and most of the deck hardware for Green Peace’s new 58m (190ft) flagship.


Due to be launched during the organisation’s 40th anniversary year in 2011, this sailing vessel aims to harness the power of the wind in the most efficient possible way.
Designed by Dijkstra and Partners with two 45m (148ft) high aluminium A-frame masts carrying five hydraulically furling sails, she is currently under construction at the Fassmer Shipyard in Germany. Rondal is supplying the four masts, three booms, the standing rigging, the running rigging, five hydrofurls, eight reel winches, four deck winches, deck fittings, the sails and the hydraulic valve blocks for the winches and furlers.
“By minimising the amount of standing rigging required, these A-frame masts create a relatively simple rig operationally,” explains Remco Zeevaarder, Rondal’s senior account manager. “This is an exciting challenge for us to design and engineer these masts, with their curving legs and mast bend... We will be building them in recycled aluminium, which is a clear testimony to the goals of our client...” The extent of the masts' tapers can be seen in the below preliminary cross-sections.
Rainbow Warrior III includes the very latest green technologies throughout, including the use of generator heat to warm water and pre-heat the engines.
Delivery of the rig is scheduled for summer 2011; the vessel hands over to the client in the autumn of that year.

For more, www.rondal.com

© Phil Draper