DNV GL has been selected by Finland’s Meyer Turku Shipyard to provide classification services to Royal Caribbean International’s two ICON Class cruise vessels.
Meyer Turku Shipyard is involved in the development of the vessels, which are expected to be delivered by 2022 and 2024, respectively.
Discussions are currently underway to finalise the concept for the first vessel, and the concept design phase is scheduled to begin this year.
The initial building phase of the first vessel is expected to begin next year, with construction planned for October next year.
Designs of the ICON Class vessels represent Royal Caribbean’s commitment to using the latest technologies to reduce the ships’ environmental impact.
The vessels are expected to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a primary fuel, which will lower or eliminate the emission of nitrogen oxide (NOX), sulphur oxide (SOX) and particulates, as well as reduce carbon dioxide (CO2).
The ICON Class vessels will also debut the fuel cell technology, which, when combined with hull air lubrication, could make the ships the most fuel-efficient cruise vessels in the world.
DNV GL Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said: “These ships are set to push the envelope of what we can expect from a modern cruise vessel in terms of environmental performance, and we are looking forward to supporting Royal Caribbean and Meyer Turku to realise a successful delivery.”
In August, DNV GL secured a contract from Hong-Kong based shipping line Seaspan to carry out the European Union (EU) monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) procedures for its entire vessel fleet.