Royal Caribbean Cruises, Bygg nr. 1400 og 1401 ved Meyer Turku, 200.000 Gt Cruiseskip "Icon/TBN of the Seas"

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Royal Caribbean Orders Two Cruise Ships from Meyer Turku

Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises has placed orders for around 200,000 gross ton large cruise ships under the project name “Icon” at Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku.

To be delivered in 2022 and 2024, the new vessel will mark the beginning of a new generation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ships and introduce the use of fuel cell technology.

Royal Caribbean Cruises said that it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will also run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum class vessels being built in the next several years.

Because of the long lead time, many Icon design elements are in early stages, Harri Kulovaara, RCL’s chief of ship design, said, adding that the Icon ships would likely accommodate approximately 5,000 passengers, “but details are still being worked out.”

“With Icon class, we begin the journey to take the smoke out of our smokestacks,” said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Icon is the first new ship class announced by RCL since Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge class, which debuts in 2018. The company is also expanding its fleet with new Oasis- and Quantum-class ships for Royal Caribbean International.

The order is contingent upon the completion of contractual conditions, including documentation and financing.

RCL said that the final contracts are expected to be completed by year end.

“Based upon current ship orders, projected capital expenditures for full year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 are USD 2.4 billion, USD 0.5 billion, USD 2.6 billion, USD 1.5 billion and USD 2 billion, respectively. Capacity increases for 2016 through 2020 remain unchanged and do not include potential ship sales or additions that the company may elect to make in the future,” according to RCL.

Kilde: World Maritime News
 

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Royal Caribbean Scores USD 3 Bn Loan for Icon Duo

Miami-based cruise liner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has secured EUR 2.5 billion (USD 2.96 billion) to finance construction of its two new Icon-class LNG-powered cruise ships.

The loan is being provided by an international consortium led by German lender KfW IPEX-Bank. The banking syndicate also includes BNP Paribas, HSBC, Commerzbank, Santander, BBVA, Bayern/LB, DZ Bank, JPMorgan and SMBC.

The ships, which will be built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, will be able to carry over 5,500 passengers each, and are due to enter into service in 2022 and 2024, respectively. They will also introduce the use of fuel cell technology, the objective being a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Royal Caribbean Cruises said that it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will also run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum class vessels being built in the next several years.

“Cruise ships are booming, and the aim is to shape this trend for the lowest possible level of emissions for mankind and nature. We are pleased that our financing is helping to advance LNG propulsion,” Andreas Ufer, Member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank, said.

“This order will occupy our production until 2024. This not only affects our location in Turku, but also our whole supply network both in Finland and Germany on a significant scale. This combination of our successful distribution and the closely-tailored structured finance will sustainably secure jobs in Germany and Europe,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, adds.

This is the largest syndicate financing package that KfW IPEX-Bank has ever structured and led on its own, which is contributing EUR 686 million to the deal.

The loans, granted separately for the ships, each have a term of 12 years from the respective ship delivery date.

Kilde: World Maritime News
 

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Desse to blir bygg nr. 1400 og 1401 ved Meyer Turku kor namnet på den første ser ut til å bli "Icon of the Seas"
 

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In an other site, i find this document. Icon of the Seas will have 232 500 GT, bigger than Oasis Class with 228 000 GT (average)688191476_mwschedulefromshipyard232500.jpg.354b3f2a7536c7666ec9d7f28daee590.jpg
 
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