Peace Boat Shares Ecoship LNG Bunkering Plans

Monday March 20, 2017

Japan-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Peace Boat has provided new details on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering plans for its upcoming Ecoship, a hybrid wind and solar powered vessel that will be equipped with a "future-ready" hybrid engine and is set to run on cleaner fuels, Passenger Ship Technology reports.

The new details were announced by Peace Boat’s director, Yoshioka Tatsuya, while speaking at a press event on March 15 at a Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Peace Boat has so far chosen six ports at which to carry out LNG bunkering in relation to Ecoship, and is still looking at appointing additional ports.

Further, Tatsuya revealed that Peace Boat has decided that the LNG bunkering of Ecoship will be conducted via barge.

Peace Boat is said to be "very seriously negotiating with a shipyard now," and is close to appointing the shipyard that will build Ecoship.

Tatsuya said Peace Boat is looking to get involved in green testing technology for future ships, and noted that the flooring of Ecoship's onboard disco will generate power by capturing kinetic energy.

As Ship & Bunker previously reported, Ecoship's maiden voyage is slated for 2020, with the vessel set to offer educational voyages, and serve as a "floating sustainability laboratory," contributing to research on the ocean, climate, and green marine technologies.