Peace Boat has signed a letter of intent with the Finnish shipbuilding company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc., to construct the Ecoship, the world's greenest cruise ship, according to the company.
"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," said Yoshioka Tatsuya, founder and director, Peace Boat.
Esko Mustamaki, CEO, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, added: "We are very excited to work with Peace Boat in the construction of this very special vessel. Arctech has 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."
The ship will have capacity for 2,000 passengers and be 60,000 tons. A final contract will follow, said a statement, with delivery set for spring 2020.
Peace Boat currently sails the Ocean Dream, which was built for Carnival Cruise Line as the Tropicale in 1981.