The design for what is claimed to be the world’s greenest cruise ship has been finalised, and its maiden voyage in 2020 will be announced at COP21.

The plans for this whole-system, future-ready 55,000-ton cruise ship have 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).

The Ecoship Project is the brainchild of Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, which has been running educational voyages for peace and sustainability since 1983.

With a hull form inspired by the whale, the vessel’s ecologically friendly features include ten retractable solar-panelled sails and retractable wind generators; as well as a future-ready hybrid engine.

Together with its projected cuts of CO2 emissions and impressive energy efficiency, Peace Boat’s Ecoship will, it is hoped, be the flagship for green technology in passenger shipping, serving as a model for cruise operators worldwide.

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