Cruise NewsLOI Signed to Build Wind/Solar Powered Cruise Ship

LOI Signed to Build Wind/Solar Powered Cruise Ship

Peace Boat has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Finnish shipbuilding company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc., to construct the Ecoship, the world’s greenest cruise ship.

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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 cabins and public spaces will be designed for comfort, based on biophilic principles appealing to our connection with nature.  The ship will have the following features:

  • Onboard garden – plants from all around the world will be fed by rainwater and organic waste.
  • Energy recycling – An advanced low consumption HVAC system using energy waste from the main engines.
  • Closed-loop water system – Waste water will be reused, purified, and re-purposed, along with raing and seawater, for irrigating the on-board garden.
  • Zero water discharge, reduced air emissions – No sea dumping, zero water discharge and a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The ship will be the world’s first 10 mast cruise liner that will harness the wind, reducing propulsion fuel needs, in optimal conditions.

  • 10 retractable wind generators
  • 10 retractable photovoltaic sails
  • 6,000 m2 / 750 Kw of solar power generation
  • Kinetic floors
  • 20% cut of propulsion energy
  • 50% cuts on electricity load
  • Integrated heat recovery and reuse system
  • Fuel adaptability and future readiness

Peace Boat director and founder Yoshioka Tatsuya gave the following statement about the LOI to build the world’s greenest cruise ship: “We have agreed with Arctech to build the Ecoship, the most innovative and ecologically friendly cruise vessel ever. We believe this ship will be a game changer for the shipping industry and will contribute to the protection of the environment. It will be a flagship for climate change. We are very happy to work together with a Finnish shipyard, and look forward to exploring clean and sustainable technologies with partners throughout this region, which is known for its environmental leadership.”

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