The Peace Boat Ecoship‘s propulsion features – a combination of wind energy, anti-drag elements and cleaner fuels – will be presented at the Natural Propulsion seminar by Dr. Andrés Molina, Project Director of the Ecoship Project.
“The Ecoship’s propulsion system will combine some of the most forward-looking elements that the industry has developed and, without any doubt, break new ground in how natural propulsion is perceived in cruising”, says Andrés Molina.
Peace Boat Ecoship Project is a transformational program to construct the planet’s most sustainable cruise ship, an ocean-going 55,000 GT vessel with a passenger capacity of 2000. Inspired by nature in its design and technology, its eco-features combine radical energy efficiency and a boundary-defying use of renewable technology.
The design of the Ecoship has been developed by a world-class team of over 30 engineers, scientists and thinkers from the fields of ship-building and cutting-edge eco-technology (including renewable energy, architecture, biophilia and waste management). It is estimated that, cumulatively, it will achieve 20% cuts in propulsion energy, 50% cuts in electricity load and a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions in comparison with similar ships built before 2000.
Brainchild of Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO that has been running educational voyages for peace and sustainability since 1983, the Ecoship will also embody sustainability efforts through its activities. It will sail for Peace Boat’s around the world educational voyages carrying 6000 people per year; host exhibitions of green technology in up to 1000 ports annually; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory able to contribute to research on the ocean, climate and green marine tech.
“Peace Boat’s 2020 launch of the Ecoship offers a vision for a climate-friendly future and can lead the way towards a green cruising model that can also impact the wider shipping industry. The industry must adapt to the planet’s needs.” Explains Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of Peace Boat.
The Natural Propulsion Seminar, May 24, is held as part of BlueWeek, which is an independent, dedicated and free event hosted by the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN), where the industry, academics and institutions can come together to discuss the latest R&D initiatives, regulations and projects. The schedule also includes seminars on the challenges and innovative solutions for offshore wind and blue technology at sea.