The revolutionary LNG-powered cruise ship Icon of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, has successfully finished its last round of sea trials.
With a 365-meter length and 50-meter width, the ship is estimated to be the largest in the world. It departed the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland on October 29 in preparation for this significant stage.
An official testing was conducted to ensure the ship’s functionality and security throughout the week-long sea trials.
Icon of the Seas focuses on environmental technologies such as fuel cell technology, waste heat recovery systems that can turn waste heat into up to 3MW of extra energy, and shore power connections, making it stand out from other vessels.
Apart from these environmentally friendly innovations, the ship’s submerged hull is lubricated with air. By creating millions of tiny bubbles along the hull, this system reduces friction and increases the ship’s overall sustainability and efficiency.
Remarkably, Icon of the Seas has recently completed its first LNG bunkering. The fuel was provided by Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel Kairos.
This achievement represents a substantial improvement in the ship’s environmentally friendly operation and aligns with the maritime industry’s growing emphasis on sustainability.
Reference- Offshore Energy
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