Greener power for new ships

Travel Bulletin - - CRUISE REPORT -

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.

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