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Peace Boat's Ecoship to Bring Sustainability to the High Seas in 2020

Image credit: Oliver Designs

Sustainable isn’t a word often used to describe the cruise industry, which has historically received less than stellar grades for its environmental performance (although there have been signs of improvement). But Peace Boat, an NGO working to promote peace, human rights, sustainable development and respect for the environment, has unveiled a new ship worthy of the descriptor. Designed in partnership with Oliver Design, Ecoship aims to bring sustainability to the high seas starting in 2020.

The ship sets out to challenge the industry status quo by using sustainable technology and biomimetic design to enhance energy and resource efficiency. In addition to a closed-loop water system and a whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, the ship will be fitted with retractable photovoltaic sails, 750 kilowatts of solar power generation, kinetic floors and 10 retractable wind generators.

The 60,000-metric-ton ocean liner will also feature vertical farms and a garden spanning five decks that will be fed by organic onboard waste and will assist with air purification and the absorption of surplus technical water. Together, these unique design elements will see carbon emissions reduced by 30 percent over conventional cruise ships built after 2000 and 40 percent over older designs. A cut in propulsion load of 20 percent is also expected, as is a 50 percent reduction in electricity load.

Once in operation, the ship will act as the platform for Peace Boat’s global voyages, hosting exhibitions on green technology in up to 100 ports per year and serving as a floating sustainability laboratory contributing to research on the ocean, climate and green marine technology. The ship will also create awareness and encourage active engagement around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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