The vessel was built in 1975. It has a gross tonnage of 949 tonnes, a length of 50 m and a maximum speed of . Under the original name of Polarbjorn ("polar bear"), it was used as a sealing ship, until chartered by Greenpeace in 1995.
On August 30th, 2006 the Arctic Sunrise was involved in a protest against the Canadian laker Algomarine off of Nanticoke, Ontario where she was attempting to enter harbor with a load of coal for the power station. A Zodiac RIB came alongside and activists painted the hull of the laker with "No Coal. No Nuclear. Clean Energy." Two activists then boarded the boat and chained themselves to the self unloading boom. A third activist suspended herself with the use of a climbing harness from the rudder of the Algomarine, effectively halting it. The Canadian Coast Guard was called in to remove the protesters.
Ship helps bear witness in Greenpeace actions; Arctic Sunrise moored in Portland through today; vessel has faced angry whalers, Star Wars testing
Jul 06, 2004; PORTLAND - In 1999, the Arctic Sunrise one of Greenpeace's three vessels sparked an international incident, when it came between...