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Peace Boat updates on Ecoship and future plans

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Allan Jordan reporting from Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Fort Lauderdale

Peace Boat, an International NGO with headquarters in Tokyo, is making progress on the Ecoship, which it bills as the “flagship for sustainability in the cruise industry.” Speaking at the Seatrade Global Conference, Peace Boat provided an update on the Ecoship while also announcing plans for its 100th cruise and expansion into other Asian markets.

Peace Boat Founder and Director Yoshioka Tatsuya said that he continues to believe that the cruise industry has the power to change the world. Throughout its history, Peace Boat has supported several United Nations-led campaigns including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, whose logo is now displayed on the ship, as well initiatives for the protection of the oceans and global understanding.

Envisioned as a floating platform and exhibition ship for research and education to promote a sustainable society, the Ecoship was unveiled a year ago. Peace Boat is currently negotiating with European shipyards for the construction as well as completing financing and partnership agreements for its flagship project. Peace Boat and classification society DNV GL also signed a memorandum of understanding forming a partnership to work together on the design, construction and operation Ecoship. Peace Boat continues to target the spring of 2020, before the Summer Olympics’ opening in Tokyo on July 24, 2020, for the Ecoship’s maiden voyage.

Peace Boat has used this period to refine plans for the 60,000 gross ton, 224 m x 31 m ship. Ecoship’s core goal remains a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by incorporating renewable energy features ranging from ten retractable solar-paneled sails, wind generators, closed water and waste systems, solar panels on the passenger balconies and even systems to harvest the passengers’ kinetic energy in the disco and from the jogging track. Plans have been refined for the wind generator, and, because the technology does not currently exist to store power for the long ocean crossings, a dual-power system using LNG, has been selected. The goal is to use the stored power not to produce any emissions in port and close to shore.

Peace Boat plans to deploy the Ecoship on the world voyages while also retaining its current vessel, the Ocean Dream (built in 1982 as Carnival Cruise Lines’ Tropicale). It is anticipated that the Ocean Dream would work as a floating university possibly doing regional voyages in Asia. Peace Boat currently operates three world cruises a year as well as shorter, regional voyages.
Since its inception in 1983, Peace Boat has sailed over 60 world cruises as well as 30 regional voyages. Preparing for continued growth and its continuing mission of fostering understanding and cooperation among the peoples of the world, Peace Boat is expanding its operation into other Asian markets including Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. To celebrate their 35th anniversary year in 2018, Peace Boat also announced plans for its 100th cruise, a 96-day world trip sailing on December 26, 2018, circling the Southern Hemisphere and calling at 18 ports including Ehoala, Madagascar; Walvis Bay, Namibia; and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Caribbean Princess to undergo multi-million dollar refit in the Bahamas

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Caribbean Princess will undergo an extensive two-week drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, March 26-April 6. She will emerge from a multi-million-dollar renovation with new offerings appealing to families, including Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center, upgraded Movies Under the Stars, Princess Luxury Bed and interconnecting staterooms, just in time for the upcoming Europe summer and fall Caribbean seasons. The cruise ship will also be wired for the Ocean Medallion launch that will be available for the 2018 summer Caribbean season.

“With new amenities catering to families, Caribbean Princess not only provides comfort and technology to stay connected but enriching experiences that can be shared together as a family or in our new Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center – all renovated with the goal of helping our guests create lifelong memories,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.

Queen Mary 2 to host UK maritime business drive in Shanghai

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Maritime UK and the Department of International Trade (DIT) of the British government will lead a unique three-day trade mission to Shanghai at the end of March to promote the UK as The World’s Maritime Centre, providing a complete package for global maritime business, Maritime UK that promotes the country towards the global maritime industry said in a statement.

Attended by senior industry and government leaders from both countries, including Shipping and Ports Minister, John Hayes MP, and Trade Minister, Mark Garnier MP, the mission has been timed to coincide with the RMS Queen Mary 2’s visit to Shanghai during its East Asian tour.

The vessel will be used to promote UK excellence across shipping, ports, marine, and business services and will play host to pioneering companies from across the maritime sector, a number of which are visiting China for the first time.

“The UK and China are two of the world’s leading maritime powers, and this trade mission is designed to further strengthen relations between our two countries, delivering benefits for both markets,“ says David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK.

“As the UK triggers Article 50 and looks to a future outside the European Union, the maritime sector has a unique and critical role in ensuring the country makes a success of Brexit. With a resolve to increase exports and sign ambitious trade deals with countries across the world the maritime industry has a unique opportunity to make ‘Global Britain’ a reality, and it is ready to do so.

“The trade and investment relationship between the UK and China has deepened over recent years, and during the visit Maritime UK and the DIT will be collaborating with the Pudong New Area to identify new maritime trade and investment opportunities for both the UK and China.”

David Dingle, who is also Chairman of Carnival UK adds: ”A significant number of British companies are already working with China and we are looking forward to opening new chapters in these relationships, and beginning others.”

Following the Shanghai visit, the Maritime UK Chairman and Shipping and Ports Minister will visit Hong Kong to meet with the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

The valuable relationships that have been established during the mission will be further strengthened by plans to extend personal London International Shipping Week (LISW) invitations to Chinese industry leaders, and the creation of a ‘Business Lounge’ during LISW, to continue to develop relationships created on the mission and with other countries.

UK river cruise market grew by 11% in 2016

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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The number of river cruise passengers from the UK and Ireland increased by 11% to 169,000 in 2016, with the demand for cruises in the Far East increasing faster than those in Europe, CLIA UK & Ireland said in a statement.

The Far East attracted 8,900 British river cruise passengers, an increase of 20% year on. By contrast, the passenger count on the Nile fell by 49% to a mere 3,600 – it had stood at 28,200 only in 2012. The non-European river cruise destinations attracted 21,800 British passengers, an increase of 15%.

In European destinations, the passenger count increased by 105 to 145,100, with Rhine and Danube leasing the growth with an increase of 20% to 9,100 passengers, CLIA said.

UK ocean cruise market growth slowed and newcomers’ share fell to second lowest in decade in 2016

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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The growth rate of the UK and Ireland ocean cruise market slowed to 5.6% last year, when 1.89 million passengers took an ocean cruise from an increase of 8.8% in 2015, when the number of passengers carried stood at 1.79 million, figures released by CLIA UK & Ireland show.

The share of first timers fell by two percentage points to 31% after remaining stable for two years. The fresh figure is the lowest since 2009, when it hit a low of 29% and the second lowest in a decade.

The number of bed nights fell by 2.2% to 18.5 million and the average duration of cruises booked decreased to 9.8 nights from 10.6

The average age of the passengers decreased to 55.4 years from 56.2 in the previous year and a high of 58.2 set in 2-14, the figures show.

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