Greener power for new ships
Roya l Caribbean Cruises has chosen liquefied natural gas (LNG) and new fuel cell technology to power its next generation of ships, signalling what it says will be a new era of shipbuilding that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under the project name “Icon”, two new LNG vessels will be built by Meyer Turku and delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024. The line will also test fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017 and says it will run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum-class vessels to be built over coming years. “With Icon class, we move further in the journey to take the smoke out of our smokestacks,” Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain said.