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MEET: The Peace Boat and the new EcoShip

Peace Boat

“The Peace Boat has been sailing around the world for many years. It’s partly kids, partly retirees and they stop in places and lend a hand. The man behind it is now building an eco peace ship- it will be 40-60% off the grid with articulated sails and solar. They are just about to go into production.”

-JH

The Peace Boat recently came to visit the Green School.

Over 30 years as a thriving social business
2008 Nobel Peace Prize nomination
More than 55,000 participants to date
Over 100 ports in more than 80 countries visited
Multi-generational onboard community of 1000 passengers per voyage
3 Global Voyages per year
More than 50 around-the-world voyages organised to date
Over 30 regional voyages to date

From the Peace Boat Wikipedia page:

Peace Boat (ピースボート) is a global non-government organization headquartered in Japan established for the purpose of raising awareness and building connections internationally among groups that work for peace, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development.  Since its founding in 1983, the Shinjuku, Tokyo based organization has launched 25 international voyages of passenger ships manned by international volunteers that travel particularly to areas that are experiencing or have experienced unrest. These cruises, the main operation of the Peace Boat organization, are on average carried out at least twice a year. Peace Boat, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “floating university of sorts”, offers educational opportunities aboard, with conferences related to global events. They also provide humanitarian aid at their various stops and visit local organizations.

Peace Boat at sea

Besides the international voyages, Peace Boat carries out a number of other projects seeking justice in various international realms such as a campaign for the abolition of land mines, a Galapagos reforestation project, and more. Peace Boat also acts as the Northeast Asia regional secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

As an international NGO granted Special Consultative Status by the UN, it can submit reports and proposals based on the results of its activities. Since 1999, the boat has averaged three or four cruises each year. The organization was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2008.

The Peace Boat organization is currently in the process of building a new ship, the EcoShip. Launched officially at the COP 21 in Paris, the ship is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Peace Boat Eco Ship

From  the press release:

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).
With a stunning hull form inspired by the whale, the vessel’s ecologically friendly features include 10 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 be the flagship for green technology in passenger shipping, hosting exhibitions of green technology in up to 80 ports per year; serving as a floating sustainability laboratory able to contribute to research on the ocean, climate and green marine tech; while also continuing and expanding our educational and advocacy programs for peace and sustainability onboard and in port.