Japanese non-governmental organisation Peace Boat has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Finland-based shipbuilding company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to construct a new environmentally friendly cruise ship, which will be known as Ecoship.
The 60,000t vessel will be designed to carry 2,000 passengers and will feature 750 cabins. It is currently expected for delivery by 2020.
Peace Boat director and founder Yoshioka Tatsuya said: “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”.
Ecoship was originally designed by Spanish company Oliver Design and will now be used by Peace Boat for its round-the-world cruise, which carries 6,000 passengers a year.
The vessel will also host various exhibitions on green technology in up to 100 ports annually, as well as serving as a floating sustainability laboratory that will contribute to research regarding the ocean, climate and green marine technology.
In addition, Ecoship will be used to create awareness and encourage active engagement with challenges found in the pursuit of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard representative Esko Mustamaki said: “Ecoship will combine Arctech’s know-how in technically advanced and environmentally friendly vessels with the well-established expertise of the Finnish shipbuilding network in designing and building of high-class cruise vessels and other special products.”
Arctech is also involved in the development and implementation of new technologies for the shipping sector, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.
Image: Peace Boat, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard and other representatives. Photo: courtesy of Peace Boat.