Building a sustainable cruise ship

Building a sustainable cruise ship

The Ecoship Project is the next stage of Peace Boat’s journey to promote peace, human rights and sustainability around the world. The development has been as radical as the ship itself; the design was finalised in 2015, after a 3-year, whole-system integrated design process involving an international team bringing together expertise from a diverse range of specialties in both marine and land-based industrial sectors.

About Peace Boat

  • Over 30 years as an NGO and social business
  • 2008 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
  • NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
  • More than 60 around-the-world cruises
  • More than 30 regional voyages
  • More than 60,000 participants
  • Visits to over 100 ports in more than 80 countries
  • Multi-generational onboard community of 1,000 participants per cruise

Peace Boat is a social business that combines the four pillars of Education, Business, Advocacy and Travel. Our global voyages offer a unique programme of activities centred on experiential learning and intercultural communication. The income generated is channelled into future voyages as well as all of the NGO’s activities to promote peace, human rights and respect for the environment. Peace Boat began sailing in 1983, and today sails for 80-100 day global voyages three times every year, carrying approximately 1000 passengers per voyage.

Find out more about Peace Boat. Go to peaceboat.org


WHY NOW? A FLAGSHIP FOR CLIMATE ACTION AROUND THE WORLD

After 30 years organising world educational and advocacy cruises on conventional passenger ship, Peace Boat is ready to take its commitment to the next level: create a ship that will embody our message, become a low-carbon cruising model for the industry and be the flagship for climate action around the world.

Ecoship will address climate action via the responsibilities of maritime transport in carbon reduction and in preventing oceans and coastal areas degradation. By integrating a set of innovative technological and managerial solutions, Ecoship will be a showcase for what the industry can do. With cruising booming particularly in Asia, it is all the more urgent that it is done on sustainable basis.

As a committed campaigner for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ecoship will be instrumental in creating awareness and trigger action. Its four annual world cruises will create the framework for hundreds of educational programs, advocacy campaigns and applied research, as well as for the hosting of international conferences and world-class exhibitions on green technologies and climate action.

Who we are

The people behind the World’s most sustainable cruise ship

Yoshioka Tatsuya

Founder and Director

Bio

Yoshioka founded Peace Boat in 1983, as a non-governmental organization, working for international friendship on an innovative social business model. Under Yoshioka’s leadership, Peace Boat has grown into Japan largest cruising organisation. Additionally, Yoshioka has been active internationally in the fields of education, peace and sustainability. He has addressed United Nations bodies on issues including a Culture of Peace, and was a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2008.

Andrés Molina

Project Manager

Bio

Molina is an independent shipping consultant with 30 years experience in the design, construction and operation of cruise vessels, and is a qualified naval architect. Molina spent 11 years as fleet manager and technical director of Pullmantur, the European subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, managing all aspects of their operation. He has served on committees for Lloyds Register of Shipping, Bureau Veritas and the IMO.

Rachel Armstrong

Co-Director

Maria de la Fuente

Co-director

Chema Sarri

Communications Manager

Pania Lincoln

Project Coordinator

Remy Millot

Project Coordinator

Karen Hallows

Project Coordinator

Emilie McGlone

Peace Boat US Office Director

Robin Lewis

Project Coordinator

Key Advisors

Jaime Oliver

Naval architect at Oliver Design
 

Bio

Jaime Oliver is a naval engineer and the founder of Oliver Design, a Spanish company specializing in naval design and architecture. It was founded in 1990 and offers a wide range of services for shipyards and ship owners, including concept design, outline, architectural design, interior design, construction drawings, fitting-out and comprehensive site management and supervision. Oliver Design has won many international prizes, including several Shippax Awards for naval design.

Amory Lovins

Co-founder and Chief Scientist,
Rocky Mountain Institute

Bio

"An exciting vision of a ship that fits the needs, and inspires the people, of the planet it travels. Projects with this ambition seem impossible until they are done, but doing them transforms the industry”

 
Physicist Amory Lovins, ex-Oxford don, honorary architect and Swedish engineering academician has written 500 papers and 31 books, taught at ten universities, redesigned numerous buildings, vehicles, and factories, and advised industry for over 40 years in over 50 countries.

 
A National Petroleum Council member, he advises the Chief of Naval Operations. He has received the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people; Foreign Policy, one of 100 top global thinkers.

Tomas Kåberger

Professor of Industrial Energy Policy
 

Bio

“Peace Boat’s Ecoship Project – with its perfect combination of improved energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy – is an attempt to break through boundaries and bring in new sustainable technologies in to the shipping industry. It will move the whole industry, setting examples of what can be achieved.”

 
Tomas Kåberger is a professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. He also serves as a visiting scientist at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Technische Universität München, Germany and at the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden.

 
He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Swedish Association of Energy Economists. Kåberger has held leading positions in companies working with automotive biofuels, combustion technology, and wind energy.

Timeline – key dates

 
2014
The Charrette
In April 2014, we gathered world experts on naval architecture, marine engineering, renewable energy, energy efficiency, maritime law, biomimicry, and biophilia, for an Ecoship design charrette in Hamburg, Germany. This multi-disciplinary charrette approach had never before been applied to the cruise industry and the innovative outcomes formed the basis of our Ecoship specifications.
 
2015
Feasibility Studies
As a result of the Charrette, a focused consultation process was launched to investigate the feasibility of specific technological areas:
– Hull shape and hull design
– Natural ventilation
– Best fuel options
– LNG bunkering alternatives
– Sails, sails retractability and sails resistance
– Wind energy generation when alongside (retractable wind poles)
– Heat Recovery on board
– Solar energy efficiency
– Garden and available botanical choices
Today we have a General Arrangement Drawing; Technical Specifications for the vessel and a hull forms optimization program.
 
2015-2016
Consolidation of Green Advisory Board

A wide pool of partners and supporters of our project is in the process of consolidation through meetings in Germany, Japan, France, Spain and China. Some of them are now members of our Green Advisory Board that includes internationally renowned experts, mandated to ensure that the vessel continues to benefit from the latest technologies.
 
Early 2017
Shipyard Selection*

 
Mid 2017
Contract enters into force*

 
Mid 2017 to Early 2020
Building period*

 
Spring 2020
Ship Delivery*

 
Late Spring 2020
Maiden voyage*

  *Estimates as of March 2017

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