Royal Caribbeans Harmony of the Seas mega cruise ship has 'achieved significant fuel savings after just one year' in operation, claims the STX France shipyard. The vessel achieved a 25percent reduction in energy consumption when compared to its 2010-built sister ship, Allure of the Seas.
When the contract which upset some shipyards was signed in 2012 between the French and Royal Caribbean, the design objective for Harmony of the Seas was to make it more energy efficient than anything that came before.
STX France said that this was achieved through the implementation of some eighty-nine energy efficiency initiatives, which can be broken down into three major areas:
Hydrodynamics and propulsion, thermal energy recovery and reduction of overall on-board energy consumption.
STX France and Royal Caribbean, say they continue to work together to optimise these initiatives after the shipyard developed a monitoring methodology specifically to enable operating crew to ensure that both energy and emission-efficient solutions are exploited to the maximum.
During the last Seatrade Awards ceremony, STX France and Royal Caribbean International were awarded the fuel efficiency award for their collaborative efforts on Harmony of the Seas.
“We have worked for several years through our dedicated Ecorizon R&D programme to deliver the most efficient and environment friendly ships. The results achieved on Harmony of the Seas, together with Royal Caribbean, are the perfect example of the innovation and engineering capabilities our teams have been striving to accomplish. Both teams are deserving of this exceptional award as a symbol of their great accomplishment,” said STX France general manager Laurent Castaing.
There is however one drawback experienced by the writer. The renowned RCI Eggs Benedict is no longer offered as a standard on the main RCI breakfast menu...
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