Agreement for world’s greenest cruise ship signed
Peace Boat director and founder Yoshioka Tatsuya, CEO from Arctech Esko Mustamaki and Senior Vice President, Regional Manager North Europe, from Classification Society DNV GL, Jon Rysst, announced the agreement during Nor-Shipping, the biggest maritime trade fair in Scandinavia.
A final contract for the 2,000-passenger and 750-cabin 60,000 gross ton vessel is expected to be signed shortly. The new ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2020.
Ecoship, with its nature-inspired architectural design by Spanish company Oliver Design, will be the platform for Peace Boat’s round-the-world cruise carrying 6,000 people per year; host exhibitions on green technology in up to 100 ports per year; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory contributing to research on the ocean, climate and green marine technology.
The ship also will create awareness and encourage active engagement with the challenges embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 55,000 gross ton cruise ship from Peace Boat will use hyrid propulsion to cut CO2 emissions by 40% when the ship is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage in 2020.
Ecoship will have an aerodynamic upper hull inspired by the whale with a coating that mimics fish skin.
The ship will be the world’s first 10 mast cruise liner that will harness the wind, reducing propulsion fuel needs, in optimal conditions. ■