Photo: Peace Boat
The Arctech Helsinki Shipyard and the Japanese Peace Boat have signed a letter of intent for the delivery of the cruiser Ecoship.
The GT 60 thou. cruise ship, to be delivered in spring 2020 if finally contracted, will not only feature 750 cabins for up to 2,000 passengers, but also serve as a floating sustainability laboratory contributing to research on the ocean, climate, and green marine technologies.
Peace Boat expects to visit around 100 ports worldwide, exhibiting green tech developments, and carrying approx. 6,000 passengers on-board the Ecoship per year.
"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," Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of the Peace Boat, said.
Arctech's Esko Mustamaki added, "We are very excited to work with Peace Boat in the construction of this very special vessel. Arctech has a long experience in design and construction of special products. 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 a forerunner in developing and applying technological innovations, including LNG propulsion."
"It is really nice to see this innovative and exciting project proceed, this is a very positive development for Peace Boat. For us at DNV GL, it is always wonderful when such impressive projects using environmentally-friendly technology take one step further towards being realized and we will continue to support this project," Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO at DNV GL which will oversee Ecoship's classification, summed up.