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ECOSHIP

13 January, 2016
Derived from Nature
The world’s ‘Greenest’ Cruise Ship will set sail in 2020
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Last month at COp21, the design for the world’s “greenest” cruise ship was unveiled by Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.
 
The Ecoship Project was launched with a world-class team of over 30 engineers, scientists and thinkers from the fields of ship-building and cutting-edge eco-technologies (including renewable energy, architecture, biophilia and waste management). Due to set sail in 2020, the innovation-laden ship aims to minimise environmental impact to an extent that surpasses the current best-in-practice.
 
So, how 'green' is it, and in what way?
 
The Ecoship draws from nature in both form and function. In addition to its stunning hull from inspired by the humpback whale painted with non-toxic and anti-fouling coating, the ecologically friendly features include 10 retractable solar-paneled sails and retractable wind generators, as well as a future-ready hybrid engine.
 
Beyond a vessel for travel, it is also a floating ecosystem, with a multi-generational on-board community in a unique environment. The onboard garden, energy recycling, closed-loop water system and zero water discharge will all be featured on board.
 
With its projected cuts of CO2 emissions and impressive energy efficiency, Peace Boat’s Ecoship will be the flagship for green technology in passenger shipping, serving as a model for cruise operators worldwide.
 
“We are delighted to see wind propulsion being used on this innovative cruise ship design. The Ecoship will a front runner in the design of lower impact cruise vessels and we will be working with the industry segment to help bring more wind propulsion solutions into the mix,” Gavin Allwright, Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA) expressed his happiness to being a part of this project. “IWSA is looking forward to working together over the coming years, helping to spread the message of low carbon, sustainable shipping worldwide.”
 
The global shipping industry is one of the major contributors to GHG emissions. While the cruise industry represents only a tiny fraction of world shipping, it still comprises hundreds of large ships visiting pristine marine areas and must contribute to the agenda of solutions. Further, cruising is the most publicly visible interaction between modern shipping and the public and thus has the greatest potential to raise awareness and effect change across the industry as a whole.
 
Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of Peace Boat explains that the launch of 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.
 
Despite the design and function are eco-friendly, their sustainability efforts are strong enough too. It will sail around the world educational voyages carrying 5,000 people per year; host exhibitions of green technology in up to 80 ports annually; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory able to contribute to research on the ocean, climate and green marine tech. This awareness-building imperative is paramount for Peace Boat.
 
No doubt, the Ecoship will be a highly visible demonstration of sustainability in action in every port that it visits. We hope it comes to Hong Kong!
 
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By: Ecozine Staff
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