Sunday, January 19, 2020

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd News

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Cruise Lines Invests $22 Bln in Clean Fuel Tech

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said that its Cruise Lines have invested more than $22 billion in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels and achieved substantial progress.“While cruise ships comprise far less than 1% of the global maritime community, cruise lines are at the forefront in developing responsible tourism practices and innovative technologies. Our industry leads in environmental stewardship,” said Michael Thamm, Chairman of CLIA…

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New Concept Guides the Way to Emission-Free Cruises

The cruise industry is facing more stringent requirements and regulations to emissions. In partnership with leading cruise lines, Norwegian technology suppliers have now developed a concept for zero-emission cruising.The concept has been developed in cooperation with Eker Design, cruise giants Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, technology suppliers in the industry cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech and various interest organisations.Norwegian companies are world-leading in the development of maritime environmental technology.

Allure of the Seas (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä, Royal Caribbean Extend Partnership to 2028

Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. have extended their long-term service agreement to 2028, as the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships.Under the agreement, Wärtsilä is optimizing maintenance efficiency through improved turbocharger maintenance, providing OEM spare parts, workshop services and preferred technical assistance for 46 Royal Caribbean Cruises’ ships. The original agreement, signed in 2013, spanned 10 years.The partnership…

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TUI Cruises Orders Two LNG Newbuilds

TUI Cruises, a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises has placed an order with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build a pair of new-generation cruise ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The new 161,000 gross ton vessels will be built at the Monfalcone shipyard and delivered in 2024 and in 2026. Including the new pair, the cruise line’s Mein Schiff fleet will grow to nine ships by 2026.“These will be the largest ships ever built in Italy,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.

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Royal Caribbean Takes the Lead on Fuel Cell Tech

As the maritime world rapidly evolves to incorporate increasingly clean and efficient power sources onboard ships at sea, the cruise industry is emerging as a clear leader in the sector, driven by the high-profile nature of its ships and the often pristine environments to which they traverse. With that, ABB announced that it will deliver the first fuel cell system to Royal Caribbean, a pilot program in which the RCL ship will be the world's first fuel cell system on a luxury cruise ship.

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Energy Management is the Future of the Cruise Industry

Royal Caribbean Cruises teams up with Eniram, cutting fuel costs by millions of dollars and reducing emissions of CO2 by tens of thousands of tons by improving energy efficiency through innovation. Cruise shipping is one of the fastest growing sectors in tourism, in 2015 attracting approximately 23 million passengers around the world. Cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises is constantly designing and building new futuristic ships and partnering with the shipyards, engineers, architects and innovative minds…

Royal Caribbean International ship Freedom of the Seas (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval and RCL Close Scrubbers Deals

Alfa Laval said its PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning system is gaining ground in the cruise ship market. Following a lengthy selection and qualification process, four PureSOx scrubbers have been ordered by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL). Three of these will be PureSOx 2.0 systems as presented at SMM 2014, while the fourth will be the first test inline version of PureSOx. Alfa Laval’s deliveries to RCL will extend over the summer of 2015. The PureSOx systems will be installed as retrofits aboard four Royal Caribbean International ships: three of the Freedom Class and one of the Voyager Class.

Alfa Laval PureSOx 2.0 (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Class Approvals for Alfa Laval PureSOx Scrubber

As the start of enforcement in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) now begins, Alfa Laval, which reported steady growth in exhaust gas cleaning in 2014, said it has the ability to deliver class-approved systems and is prepared for a higher order intake in 2015. Alfa Laval PureSOx is a marine SOx scrubber system allowing the continued use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) while meeting the emission limits for operation in ECAs. Now in its second generation, the system has accumulated an order portfolio comprising over 1…

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Royal Caribbean to Install Scrubbers on 19 Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will remove more than 97% of the sulfur dioxide emissions generated by the ships' diesel engines. According to RCL, the move will position the company ahead of all forthcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) Emission Control Area (ECA) emissions standards, and will ensure compliance with existing European Union (EU) standards.

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Cruise Shipping: RCL's 'Quantum of the Seas' Delivered

MEYER WERFT delivered the 167,800-gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas to the U.S. cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. yesterday in Bremerhaven. According to the builder, the first ship of the Quantum class sets new standards in terms of eco-friendliness, featuring highly energy-efficient systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery, an effective underwater paint coating, a state-of-the-art exhaust gas treatment plant (hybrid scrubber) as well as energy-saving LED lighting systems. The ship can accommodate 4,180 guests in 2,090 cabins, and is staffed by a crew of approximately 1,550.

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Royal Caribbean, ABB Ink 15-year Service Contract

ABB has signed an extensive service agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) to increase cost efficiency and predictability of maintenance costs. The agreement spans 15 years and encompasses six vessels under RCC’s brands Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The financial value of the service agreement is in excess of $50 million. The agreement covers four Solstice and two Oasis class vessels and includes an option to extend the agreement to additional existing vessels, vessels that are currently under construction and future newbuilds.

Oasis of the Seas: Photo Wärtsilä

Caribbean Cruises Inks Long Term Support Deal

Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year maintenance and technical support agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL), which includes a sub-contract with ABB Turbocharging: the service agreement covers 142 Wärtsilä engines and 170 ABB turbochargers in 36 vessels (32 already in operation and four newbuilds, with an option to add more vessels in the future). Wärtsilä explains that under the terms of the contract, it will provide a broad range of services for RCL, including condition monitoring of the engines…

Cruise liner Quantum lll: Design image courtesy of Meyer Werft

Cruise Ship 'Quantum Leap' for Meyer Werft

Royal Caribbean Cruises contracts for a third Quantum-class cruise ship to be constructed in the Meyer Werft shipyard. The delivery is for mid-2016 and the price and terms of the new ship are similar to the price and terms of the first two Quantum-class ships, subject to financing conditions. "We are excited to construct these tremendous ships to meet guests' demand for an exceptional cruise experience," said Bernard Meyer, managing partner Meyer Werft. Including this contract and existing ship orders…

Oasis of the Seas: Photo credit Wiki CCL

STX France Wins 'Oasis-class' Cruise Ship Contract

Royal Caribbean International chooses STX France to build its third 'Oasis- class' ship. This, the third ship of the Oasis- class, is due for delivery in mid-2016, and an option for a second ship due in mid-2018 is also provided for in the contract. "The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have fundamentally transformed the cruise experience for our guests," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "These ships have consistently generated outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and continue to produce superior financial results.

Serenade of the Seas: Photo credit RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Added to NASDAQ Sustainability Index

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) recognized as one of the top 100 companies in the world for its sustainability practices. The NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is designed to track the performance of companies that are taking a leadership role in sustainability performance reporting. These companies have voluntarily disclosed their carbon footprint, energy usage, water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, employee safety, workforce diversity, management composition and community investing.

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Becomes RCL Favoured Shipyard

Sembcorp's Sembawang Shipyard gets ship repair Favoured Customer Contract (FCC) from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL). The contract, signed in Miami, Florida, USA, by Mr. Kevin Douglas, Vice President of Technical Projects and Newbuildings for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Mr. Svein Taklo, Vice President, Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean International, and Ms. Wong Lee- Lin, Executive Director, Sembawang Shipyard, commits the repairs, revitalisation and upgrading of its fleet of passenger ships cruising in the Singapore region to Sembawang Shipyard.

Azipod by ABB: Photo credit ABB

Royal Caribbean Choose ABB Azipods for Two Newbuildings

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth more than $60 million to provide complete power and Azipod propulsion systems for two new cruise ships to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL). The new ships are the first vessels in Royal Caribbean’s new class of cruise ships, currently named “Project Sunshine.” The 158,000-gt ships will have a capacity of more than 4,100 passengers…

Azipod systems will be installed on two new Royal Caribbean cruise ships (Photo: ABB).

ABB Wins Orders Worth $60 Million From Royal Caribbean

Zurich, Switzerland – ABB has won orders worth more than $60 million to provide complete power and Azipod ® propulsion systems for two new cruise ships, to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL). The ABB order for the first ship was booked in 2011 and for the second vessel  in the first quarter of 2012. The new ships are the first vessels in Royal Caribbean’s new class of cruise ships, currently named “Project Sunshine.” The 158,000-gt ships will have a capacity of more than 4,100 passengers.