Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Ocean Dream - "the Peace Boat" - in Øresund

Ocean Dream, "the Peace Boat", approaching Helsingborg/Helsingør.

Tonight another seldom seen visitor, the "Peace Boat" Ocean Dream, was going southward in the Sound on its way to Stockholm

This is how Wikipedia describes the Tokyo based international NGO Peace Boat: 

Peace Boat (ピースボート Pīsu Bōto?) 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 peacehuman rightsenvironmental protection and sustainable development

Peace Boat's website gives some additional information

Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. Three Global Voyages and one short Asian regional voyage are usually organized each year. The three-month Global Voyages are each joined by around 800 participants and visit between 15-20 countries. 

The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct dialogue between those onboard and in the ports that we visit. 

Our programmes, both onboard and in port, explore the main aspects of Peace Boat activity - peace, human rights, sustainability and respect for the environment - and aim to develop travel as a tool for peace and sustainability.

The Ocean Dream, which is chartered by the Peace Boat organization, is currently on the "79th Global Voyage for Peace" which started on April 1 in Yokohama:

It will mark Peace Boat's first visit to the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia. 
As part of this voyage, the Onboard Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World is taking place at sea between Le Havre (France) and Stockholm 

Ocean Dream, with Helsingør in the background.

The "Peace Boat" and a castle - Kronborg - which has seen many wars.

The "Peace Boat" meeting cruise ferry Crown Seaways.

The Peace Boat website also has some information about the ship:

The Ocean Dream was built in 1981 in Denmark, and has operated mostly in the Caribbean and Pacific. At various times it has also sailed under the names of the Tropicale and the Pacific Star.

The Ocean Dream has a draft of 7.5 meters, length of 205 meters, and beam of 26.5 meters, while its total weight is 35,265 tonnes. The maximum passenger capacity of the vessel is 1422.
The ship is fitted with stabilizers and has the latest safety system based on SOLAS international safety standards.

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