What if we could…

Travel the world as part of a close-knit, diverse and inter-generational community. Engage with communities around the world. Develop a greater understanding of the places we visit and the people we meet. Live, work, learn and play in a comfortable and sustainable way. Learn from the best and most experienced in their field and work collaboratively with other like-minded individuals on projects with a social purpose. What if we could create a space in which all this would be possible…

What if we could build a ship which would leave the world a little better than when we found it.

Over the last 30 years, Peace Boat has been making this vision a reality through chartered vessels which serve as a floating village, neutral meeting space and mobile classroom. The Ecoship project will take this to the next level by building a ship that will minimise environmental impact to an extent that surpasses the current best-in-practice.

In addition, the ship’s design, with its iconic hull, inspired by the humpback whale, and its unmistakable solar panel-covered sail masts, will be a highly visible demonstration of sustainability in action in every port that it visits.

Why Now?

Environmental sustainability is more crucial than ever for poverty eradication, economic prosperity, and social justice. Reducing climate impact is vital to prevent conflict, as climate change impacts are already accelerating instability in vulnerable areas of the world.

Today’s technology allows for improvements that were considered visionary just 5 years ago, and that trend will continue. Cruise market projections for the Far East show a massive increase in demand. It is time to develop a clean model for cruising – a cruise ship that can be a catalyst of positive change in the world.

Design for a
Paradigm Shift

In order to meet the challenging goals we have set ourselves for the project, we knew we would need to work with experts from a diverse range of fields and that every element of the ship from its hull to its engines to its onboard programmes would need to work together.

We therefore took a whole-system integrated design approach to the project; A concept derived from the belief that elements of a system work best when they are specifically designed to complement, rather than to compensate for each other.

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.

The innovative design of the Ecoship was created by Oliver Design.

Ecoshop Prow

Inspired by nature, built for real people

Inspired by the most sophisticated and adaptive system of all – our biosphere, the Ecoship draws from nature in both form and function.

  • Greater fuel efficiency derived from nature
    • Aerodynamic upper hull inspired by the whale
    • Non-toxic, anti-fouling hull coating that mimics fish skin
    • Natural heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system
  • Enhanced comfort, based on biophilic principles
    The Ecoship’s cabin and public spaces are designed for enhanced comfort, based on biophilic principles, appealing to our innate connection with nature.
  • Future ready design
    The Ecoship will have pre-installed adaptive machinery to incorporate new eco-technologies as they are developed.
Ecoshop Stern

A real on-board ecosystem

The Ecoship is not merely a vessel for travel: It is a floating ecosystem with a multi-generational on-board community, living in a unique environment.

  • Onboard garden
    A lush on-board garden serves as the heart and the lungs of the ship, featuring plants from around the world fed by rainwater and organic waste and providing fresh air, beauty, comfort and produce that the whole ship can enjoy.
  • Energy recycling
    The Ecoship will feature a microscale combined heat and power generation system and an advanced, low consumption HVAC system using waste energy from the main engines, maximising the use of waste energy re-use through exhaust gas boilers, auxiliary turbo generators and an additional steam generator system.
  • Closed-loop water system
    A closed-loop water use system ensures that wastewater is reused, purified and re-purposed, along with rain and seawater, for irrigating the on-board garden.
  • Zero water discharge, reduced air emissions
    The Ecoship redefines “clean”, promising zero water discharge, zero NOx and SOx emissions, a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions*, and no sea dumping.
    *In comparision with cruise ships with conventional propulsion built before 2000.
Ecoshop Sails

Boundary-defying use of renewable energy

The concept of Ecoship represents a radical shift in the way we address our energy needs – Unlike even the current best in market, the Ecoship aims to meet its core hotel and propulsion energy needs with renewable energy, including a future-ready engine able to adapt to bio-fuels and using LNG as a top-up energy source.

    • The world’s first 10-mast cruise liner
      The Ecoship will harness the energy of the wind, reducing propulsion fuel needs, in optimal conditions.
    • Solar panel-covered sails
      In low wind conditions, the solar panel-covered sails and 6000m2 top-deck solar farm will continue to generate over 740 Kw of power.
    • Alternatives fuels
      The Ecoship will also use biofuel and even kitchen waste as alternative fuel sources.

Planning and

The process of the creation of the Ecoship has been consultative and collaborative every step of the way. The Hamburg Charrette held in April 2014 in Hamburg brought together over 30 engineers, scientists and experts from the fields of ship-building and eco-technology. The participants were divided into three interdisciplinary working groups focusing on:

  • Minimizing Propulsion and Consumption Power
  • Minimizing Hotel Load and Hotel Energy
  • Mass Flows & Closed Loops

The results of which were incorporated a ‘whole-system’ design proposal.

Find out more about the charrette here.

Leaders in their Field

During the charrette, we consulted with the following experts:


Amory Lovins
Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Amory LovinsPhysicist Amory Lovins, ex-Oxford don, honorary architect, 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 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, at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg and Chair of the Executive Board of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation.

Tomas KåbergerTomas 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 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 of the Swedish Association of Energy Economists. Kåberger has held leading positions in companies working with automotive biofuels, combustion technology, and wind energy. He has been on the boards of industrial federations in renewable energy and bioenergy, serving the latter for 18 years and six years as chairman. He was appointed by the Swedish government to the Energy Commission that provided the final review of the electricity re-regulation introducing competition in 1995, and several other committees on energy issues. From 2007-2011 he was a member of a task force of China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development elaborating on a low carbon industrialization strategy. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Director General of the Swedish National Energy Agency. During 2011-2012 he headed the Swedish delegation to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, and served as vice chairman of the IRENA Council during 2012.


William D. Browning
Partner, Terrapin Bright Green LLC

William D. BrowningWilliam D. Browning, of Terrapin Bright Green LLC, received a BS of environmental design from the University of Colorado and a MS in real estate development from MIT. In 1991, Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, which was awarded the 1999 President’s Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America Prize. In 2006 he became a principal in Terrapin Bright Green LLC, which crafts environmental strategies for corporations, government agencies and large-scale developments. Browning’s clients include Walmart’s Eco-mart, Starwood, Yellowstone National Park, Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, Disney, New Songdo City, Bank of America’s One Bryant Park, Google, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He coauthored Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, Green Developments (CD-ROM), A Primer on Sustainable Building, Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, The Economics of Biophilia, and Midcentury (un)Modern. Browning was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine, and an Honorary member of the AIA. He was a founding member of U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Greening America Board of Directors. He served on the DoD Defense Science Board Energy Task Force and the State Department’s Industry Advisory Group.


Dayna Baumeister
Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8

Dayna BaumeisterCo-founder and Keystone of Biomimicry 3.8, Dr. Dayna Baumeister’s fascination with the natural world began in Colorado, her childhood home. Dayna received a BS in marine biology from New College in Sarasota, Florida, a MS in resource conservation and a Ph.D in organismic biology and ecology from The University of Montana in Missoula, specializing in the dynamics of positive interactions among animal and plant life. With business partner Janine Benyus, Dayna founded the Biomimicry Guild consulting practice, The Biomimicry Institute 501c3, and most recently, Biomimicry3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that trains, certifies, and connects biomimicry professionals worldwide. In her role as Biologist at the Design Table, Dayna helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, including Nike, Interface, General Mills, Boeing, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation and Procter & Gamble. To meet the growing demand for more professional training, in 2008, Dayna designed and taught the world’s first Biomimicry Professional Certification Program, a two-year master-level course, a program which she continues to teach. Currently, Dayna is adjunct professor at Ontario College of Art and Design, a Dana Meadows Fellow of the Sustainability Institute, and serves on the board of her local science museum, ExplorationWorks!

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