USC and Peace Boat sign letter of intent to build Ecoship by 2020 (photo)
Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and Japan’s Peace Boat have signed a letter of intent to place an order for construction of a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly cruise ship of Ecoship Project at the Finnish shipyard Aker Arctic (part of USC). IAA PortNews correspondent say this was announced by Leonid Kuznetsov, USC Project Management Department, at the expanded meeting of MariNet (working group of the National Technology Initiative), Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).
Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that organizes ecological and social round-the-world cruises. The ship operated by the company is to be replaces.
Ecoship, the world’s most eco-friendly passenger ship, which is under development today, is to become a flagship to combat climate change. The ship’s system maximizing the use of renewable energy is supposed to reduce CO2 emissions by на 40%.
The ship is to accommodate 2,000 passengers. Her length will be 224 m, width - 31 m, draft - 8 m, average speed - 17 knots, maximum speed – 21 knots.
The project is to be implemented by 2020.
“The project implementation is absolutely realistic, particularly with the assets offered by USC”, said Leonid Kuznetsov. He invited MariNet participants submit their proposals on technological solutions for the Ecoship to USC.