Construction starts on Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has marked the start of construction on its first Icon-class ship.
To celebrate the milestone, the cruise line held a steel-cutting ceremony at Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, where the ship’s name was revealed as Icon of the Seas.
In attendance at the ceremony was Royal Caribbean Group chairman and chief executive Richard Fain, RCI president and chief executive Michael Bayley and Meyer Turku chief executive Tim Meyer.
Debuting in 2023, Icon will be the cruise line’s first of three ships to be powered by LNG. LNG and the state-of-the-art ship’s additional environmentally friendly applications, such as a shore power connection, will boost energy efficiencies and reduce its carbon footprint. More details about Icon’s advanced environmental technologies will be revealed at a future date, the company said.
“We made our commitment to making clean power at sea a reality – and soon the norm – when Icon-class was first announced in 2016, and we’re excited to see construction underway on what will truly be a ship unlike any other,” said Mr Bayley. “Our decades of work in ocean conservation, energy efficiency and continuous improvement will be evident throughout Icon. We look forward to revealing more of the game-changing features our guests and crew have in store as it begins to take shape.”
Royal Caribbean said in a statement, “RCI is already known for its decades of work in making strides on energy efficiency and reduced emissions through such technologies as air lubrication and advanced waste heat recovery systems that turn waste heat into extra energy to help power the ship’s operations. Use of such technologies, including LNG, will result in further reduced emissions overall, virtually zero sulphur dioxides and particulates, and a significant reduction in the production of nitrogen oxides.”
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