It’s a fact that today’s cruise ships belch out a ton of gases. Literally a ton. The power plants on 100,000 ton ships grind through a lot of petrol.
Here’s an idea – sails! Just like in the old days. True, we do have a few large pleasure craft on the seas with sails, but not many. I once took a vacation on the sailing tall masted “Windjammer” cruises. This was over 30 years ago…and I don’t know if they are still in business. Think Club Med-type fun….toga party, beer games, etc.
Anyway, our craft was a retired Coast Guard training ship with three masts. It worked.
Enter a little known company, Peace Boat. It’s not a start-up and but is looking for investors. They are now trying to get funding, and they have cut a deal with a shipbuilder. It hopes to be open for business in 2020. The idea is to become a low-carbon model for the cruise industry and move for climate action world-wide.
Called the “Ecoship,” it will use sails (10 of them), solar panels, wind turbines, and liquid natural gas. Estimates are of about a 50% cut in carbon dioxide when compared to a standard cruise ship of comparable size. How many passengers will be accommodated? 2,000 is the target – that’s a nice size.
Look at these goals:
20% cut of propulsion energy
50% cuts on electricity load
Integrated heat recovery and reuse system
Fuel adaptability and future readiness
As the rendering shows, the proposed ship kinda looks to me like a whale or maybe supertrain on the waves.
Thinking out of the box.
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