18 December 2012

Greenpeace's Biggest Ship in Manila

If you are a fan of environmental activism and protection of life at sea, you may want to head to the Manila Bay this month because environment campaigner Greenpeace has just brought its newest and biggest ship there.

The purpose of the visit is to rally Filipinos in protecting local seas which the group said is among the world's most threatened.

"Greenpeace is sounding the alarm on the crisis currently facing Philippine seas, and is working to promote the conservation, protection and sustained management of the country's marine resources," the activist group said in a statement.

The ship "Esperanza" will be docked in Manila Bay from 1 December 2012 to 16 December 2012. It is set to engage in a series of activities in line with marine conservation before it departs.

"The Esperanza will go on a tour within Philippine waters, working with local partners to expose the threats confronting the health of our oceans such as overfishing and destructive fishing, pollution and climate change," Greepeace said.

"She will also present solutions on how we can all move forward and help restore our seas," it added.

The Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") was launched in 2002, and is the biggest and latest addition to the Greenpeace fleet. It is 72 meters long and can sail at a speed of up to 16 knots.

This is the ship's second visit to the Philippines, after Greenpeace's global "Defending Our Oceans Tour", which had the Esperanza docking in several bays in the country from August to September 2006.