All three of these approximately 200,000gt vessels are LNG-powered. The first two are scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2024.
Reducing the carbon footprint
'We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Icon-class fleet that affirms our commitment to clean-power technologies at sea,' RCL Chairman and CEO Richard Fain said. 'We've designed a class of ships powered by liquefied natural gas that leverages the latest, environmentally friendly applications. We believe that innovative shipbuilding can reduce our carbon footprint and boost energy efficiencies to help to build a cleaner future.'
'These are exciting times for Royal Caribbean, and we have an incredible partner in Meyer Turku to bring to life now three vessels of what will be a remarkable class of ships,' added Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
Confidence in Meyer Turku
'We are very thankful to Royal Caribbean for their confidence in the Icon ship design and our ability to build such an exceptional ship even before the first Icon is delivered,' Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said.
The order is contingent on financing.
Turku orderbook extended another year
Meyer noted that Icon 3 extends the Turku's shipyard's orderbook until 2025, which gives the yard and the Finnish maritime cluster the long-term stability that's needed to 'further develop our capabilities for a future with new emerging and often government-owned competition.
'The order is placed on the assumption and trust that our business environment allows us to be flexible and competitive also in the future,' he added
Construction of the first Icon ship is to begin in spring 2020.