Oct 14, 2011

Rainbow Warrior III sets sail with ropes from Gleistein

Launch ceremony for state-of-the-art Greenpeace campaign vessel



Press information

Bremen, 14 October 2011


The Rainbow Warrior III was christened and handed over to Greenpeace today at a special launch ceremony at the Fassmer Shipyard in Berne, near Bremen, Germany. Boasting a length of 58 metres and featuring two 50 metre A-frame aluminium masts, this latest incarnation bearing the revered Rainbow Warrior name is the first to be purpose-built and not converted from another vessel. Befitting its green charter for environmental protection and sustainability, the motor-assisted Greenpeace yacht possesses 1,300 m2 of sail area enabling engine-free cruising in the majority of situations. Renowned Dutch-based specialist for premium mast and rigging equipment, Rondal, had the honour to fit out the newest addition to the Rainbow Warrior family – and their brand of choice to supply the running rigging was Gleistein Ropes.

The launching ceremony of the Rainbow Warrior III coincides with the 40th anniversary of the founding of Greenpeace. It also marks the dawn of a new era for global environmental consciousness. Thomas Schlaetzer, Managing Director of Gleistein Ropes, is delighted that ropes from Gleistein will be aboard the new Rainbow Warrior as it sets out on its quest to promote sustainability and greater environmental awareness and protection: “It is an extremely proud moment to see that our ropes are on board of this latest Greenpeace campaign vessel as it is launched. Today also represents a fitting day for us to look within ourselves and consider what we can do in respect to the environment. It is important to be aware of the big picture and continually remind oneself that one’s own actions make a difference. As an industrial manufacturing company, we are aware of our special responsibilities and it is something we take very seriously. Our contribution is naturally not limited to indirect instances such as having our ropes on the new Rainbow Warrior – a recent example is the signing of a contract with German green energy provider, LichtBlick, who will supply us with power from 100% renewable energy sources in the future. With today’s launch, we hope that the message of global environmental awareness – and action – is taking another significant step forward.”


About Gleistein Ropes

Gleistein has been manufacturing ropes since 1824 and is the oldest family industrial company in Bremen (Germany). Together with its Trencin (Slovakia) plant the company boasts two of the most modern rope manufacturing facilities in the world with a total production area of more than 17,000m². Modern chemical fibres, sophisticated designs and future-oriented rope finishing equipment and procedures offer a definite quality “plus” that directly benefits the consumer. Gleistein offers a complete service, provides its customers with industry-leading know-how and assists in selecting the perfect rope – whatever the need. Ready-to-use finishing of products, execution of contracted tests and the development of tailor-made solutions round out the comprehensive range of services.


Press contacts:

Thomas Schlaetzer
Geo. Gleistein & Sohn GmbH
Heidlerchenstrasse 7
28777 Bremen, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)421 69049-31
Fax: +49 (0)421 69049-99
Email: schlaetzer @ gleistein.com

Markus Woltmann
slant' PR & Native English Text
Ackerstr. 23-26
10115 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)30 36 44 11 04
Email: press @ slant.de