Although its 34-year activity includes educational programmes, cooperative projects, advocacy activities and promoting responsible travel, the NGO has now pledged to build its own vessel, the Ecoship, by 2020, utilizing pioneering green technology to challenge conventional designs and illustrate new possibilities for cruise and the broader maritime industry.
“From their first voyage in 1983 to promote regional peace and understanding in Asia, through to their 100th trip next year and on to the Ecoship’s launch in 2020, the organization has chosen radically innovative pathways to work towards the loftiest goals. Their ambitions are big and their commitment absolute. They really are champions of Disruptive Sustainability" comments Sofia Fürstenberg, Nor-Shipping Project manager – Disruptive Sustainability.
In addition, she informed that the new vessel, developed in partnership with DNV GL and global supporters, is going to have an aerodynamic hull inspired by a humpback whale and will be he LNG fuelled, generating 40% less CO2 emissions than conventional vessels. On this context, the vessel is expected to set new standards for cruise.
Alongside exhibiting details of the ship, which also features retractable wind generators, kinetic floors and ten photovoltaic sails, Peace Boat will be represented by Founder and Director Yoshioka Tatsuya, who will speak to delegates on 31 May as a key contributor in the Fuelling the Future debate, part of the Agenda Ocean programme.
Mrs Sofia Fürstenberg explained: “We can promise delegates something unlike anything they’ve ever seen at a maritime exhibition. A place where the boundaries of industry are smashed open and the best ideas are drawn in from new arenas, new actors and new ways of working together" and added: "The world is changing fast, and shipping has to keep up. Hall A at Nor-Shipping will help set the pace the future demands.”
Nor-Shipping 2017 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 30 May to 2 June 2017. offering a packed programme of events and activities. In total, around 35,000 visitors are expected from over 80 countries, with almost 1,000 of the world’s leading maritime companies showcasing products and services to the industry, future talent and shipping value chain stakeholders.