It is estimated that the global shipping industry accounts for 3% of global CO2 emissions. While the cruising sector only represents a tiny fraction of global shipping, it must contribute to the agenda of solutions.

In 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of CO2 emissions from ships which envisages a reduction in carbon intensity of international shipping by at least 40% by 2030, pursuing efforts towards 70% by 2050, compared to 2008. Peace Boat acknowledges that the industry can and must do more. Land-based renewable energy solutions with a long history of success have yet to find their way onto cruise ships.

Ecoship aims to challenge the status-quo and has set itself a radical set of targets to demonstrate what is possible, and necessary for the industry to exist in a sustainable world. In order to meet these goals 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. To achieve this, 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 architectural and exterior design of the Ecoship were developed by Oliver Design.

Radical energy efficiency

25% cut of global energy (propulsion and hotel load)

Integrated heat recovery and reuse system

Fuel adaptability and future readiness

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Boundary defying technology

8 retractable sails fitted with solar panels

6,000 m2 of solar power generation providing about 15% of the hotel electric load or 100% of the lighting needs

Kinetic floors

Batteries for zero emission operations while alongside

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Nature-inspired technology

Aerodynamic shape and hydrodynamic hull inspired by the whale and based on the latest technological advances (Biomimicry)

Natural ventilation and free cooling HVAC system

Biophilic design for comfort and inspiration

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Real ecosystems onboard

Onboard plant kingdom and vertical farming

Closed loop water system

Zero discharge

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A key Ecoship deliverable is an estimated 30% CO2 reduction in comparison with a current cruise ship.

These results will be achieved through the combination of using LNG as main fuel, the propulsion efficiency, hull forms, accommodation efficiency, wind power and other renewable technologies, as well as by route, speed and management measures.

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