A trio of sustainable energy sources to propel the Royal Caribbean Group’s next class of ships into the future

MIAMI, 22 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – The cruise industry’s first hybrid-powered ship is slated to debut in summer 2023 as part of Royal Caribbean Group’s (NYSE: RCL) ultra-luxury brand Silversea Cruises. The new class of ships, known as “Project Evolution”, will operate using three power sources, including a fuel cell system, battery technology and dual fuel engines using natural gas. liquefied (LNG) as the main fuel. This hybrid solution, using fuel cell technology, allows the ship to be free of local emissions when in port, another industry first.

“Silversea’s all-new class of ships is a significant step forward in our commitment to sustainable ship design and our drive to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Richard Fain, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group . “We first announced our fuel cell ambitions several years ago. Thanks to our dedication and perseverance, we are now proud to present the first vessel with large-scale fuel cell technology capable of performing emissions-free port operations. “

“The integration of fuel cells into our ships is now an example of how Royal Caribbean Group prepares to use new technologies as we move towards a carbon-free future,” continued Fain. “This pioneering approach is based on our spirit of innovation.

The new hybrid technology not only helps in the port, but also allows Project Evolution to achieve an overall reduction of 40% of its greenhouse gas emissions per double occupancy compared to the brand’s previous class of ships. The class of ship is also expected to achieve an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) approximately 25% higher than applicable International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements.

“Being at the forefront of sustainable shipping design and innovation is a testament to our team’s commitment to continuous improvement,” said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “These advancements support our desire to present the world to our customers and to do so in a conscious and environmentally responsible way.”

Royal Caribbean Group is already known for a strong portfolio of technologies improving energy efficiency, waste treatment and water management. This constant progress remains anchored in the mantra of continuous improvement of the company. It will drive the Group’s future as alternative non-carbon solutions become available to support its global decarbonisation journey.

Project Evolution’s comprehensive suite of initiatives, developed in partnership with the Meyer Werft shipyard, will take energy efficiency to a new level and include both new initiatives and previously introduced successful features such as:

  • Fuel cell system – this hydrogen-based technology will supplement the main electrical supply and carry the total hotel load of the ship – up to four megawatts – the first large-scale offshore fuel cell installation in the cruise industry.
  • LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) – cleaner combustion fuel, propulsion systems powered by LNG emit less CO2 and 97% less particles than normal fuel oil used on ships.
  • Drums – a battery bank supports the optimization of the ship’s overall power system, thus saving fuel.
  • Waste to energy – The new automatic micro-gasification system (MAGS) reduces the volume of waste on board, which reduces incineration emissions.
  • Progress towards carbon neutral construction – in partnership with the Meyer Werft shipyard, Project Evolution is carefully designed and built taking into account the carbon footprint of shipbuilding and creating a path towards overall reduction.

For more than 30 years, Royal Caribbean Group has invested in its commitment to sustainable development. In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2016, the company set specific, ambitious and measurable sustainability goals for 2020 to reduce its environmental footprint, increase sustainable tourism, respect coastal communities and heritage cultural heritage and supporting WWF’s global ocean conservation work.

In addition, the company continues to advocate for sustainable practices globally, including working with the United Nations High-Level Panel on a Sustainable Ocean Economy and committing to deliver on the promise of the Accord. Paris thanks to a partnership with the We Are Still In coalition.

To learn more about Royal Caribbean Group’s sustainability efforts, visit https://sustainability.rclcorporate.com/.

About the Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is one of the world’s leading cruise lines with a global fleet of 60 ships traveling to more than 800 destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean Group owns and operates three award-winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises, and it also owns a 50% joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together the brands have 13 additional ships on order as of June 30, 2021. To learn more, visit www.royalcaribbeangroup.com or www.rclinvestor.com.

About Silversea Cruises
Part of the Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, providing guests with amenities for large ships aboard its intimate ships with all suites: Silver shadow, Money whisper, Silver Spirit, Silver muse and Silver moon – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and relaxed elegance. With the inclusion of expedition vessels Origin of money, Money wind, Silver explorer, and Silver cloud, Silversea’s itineraries span all seven continents and offer luxury cruises around the world to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, the two polar regions, and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also eagerly awaiting the launch of three new ultra-luxury ships: Argent Dawn and two Evolution class ships. Browse the Silversea blog, To discover, and subscribe to receive the latest content straight to your inbox.

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