Building a sustainable cruise ship

Building a sustainable cruise ship

Ecoship 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 process involved an international team bringing together expertise from a diverse range of specialties in both marine and land-based industrial sectors.

About Peace Boat

  • 40 years as an NGO and social business
  • 2017 Peace Nobel Prize winner as part of ICAN
  • NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
  • Close to 70 around-the-world cruises
  • More than 30 regional voyages
  • More than 80,000 participants
  • Visits to over 270 ports in more than 100 countries
  • Multi-generational onboard community of 1,500 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 channeled 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 1,500 passengers per voyage.

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After 40 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


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


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

Assistant to the Director

Remy Millot

Project Coordinator

Karen Hallows

Project Coordinator

Key Advisors

Jaime Oliver

Naval architect at Oliver Design


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


"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


“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.

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