Finnish shipyards welcome orders for ‘green’ cruise vessels

Published on : Thursday, June 1, 2017

Peace BoatThe Japanese firm Peace Boat has recently signed a letter of intent with Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to construct a cruise vessel known as the ‘Ecoship’.


The final contact would be signed in the near future. The delivery time is slated for the spring season on 2020. This unique cruise liner is believed to exhibit as many as 750 cabins with an accommodation space for 2,000 passengers.


Arctech Helsinki is fully owned by United Shipbuilding Corporation, a Russian firm that had been placed on the list of the US sanctions that had been imposed after the intervention of Moscow in the region of Ukraine. The European Union has not yet blacklisted any of the companies.


The cruise vessel would be sporting cutting-edge sustainable technology system.


For instance, it would possess 10 masts for harnessing the wind energy for propulsion, a closed-loop water system to reuse, re-purpose and purify the waters, a 6,000-square-metre solar farm, solar panel-covered sails and also waste heat recovery systems.


This energy efficient mechanism would ensure that nearly 80% of the energy that is normally lost in the water and air is reclaimed.


The power would be stored inside new-generation batteries and ice and hot storage tanks. Apart from the wind-powered electric propulsion, the cruise ship would also be relying on traditional diesel engines. A shipboard garden would be cultivated with rainwater and organic waste.


The hull would be covered with a protective hull coating that resembles fish skin.


The ship would have a IIMO PC 7 ice class rating that permits it to operate during the summer and autumn ice in -10 degrees Celsius. The letter was signed by Esko Mustamäki, CEO, Arctech Peace Boat founder and director Yoshioka Tatsuya and Jon Rysst, DNV GL Regional Manager North Europe.


In the initial part of May, the German-owned Meyer Turku Shipyard had signed a contract with Royal Caribbean Cruises for two gigantic cruise liners that represents its Icon class. In fact, they are among the first category of cruise vessels to e fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).


This gas is capable of minimizing the greenhouse gas emissions by almost one-fifth as compared with heavy fuel oil.


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