Lifeboats delivery for cruise ship giant Icon of the Seas
The construction of the Icon of the Seas, the lead ship for Royal Caribbean International’s Icon Class vessels, is continuing at the Meyer Turku shipyard. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2023.
Tschudi Logistics Group has recently been commissioned to deliver the full logistics setup for the transport of 17 lifeboats that will be installed on the cruise ship. Each lifeboat has the capacity for up to 450 people, measuring a total of 6,715 cubic metres.
Tschudi Logistics noted that the lifeboats were collected in Qingdao, China and delivered to Turku, Finland aboard BBC Chartering’s 2011-built BBC Nile, equipped with two cranes, each up to 250 mt with one crane of 80 mt, combinable up to 500 mt.
Icon of the Seas is the first of three vessels Royal Caribbean International commissioned Meyer Turku to build. The Icon Class is being described as the new era of luxury liners.
These new liners will have a tonnage of about 250,800 GT and enough room for up to 5,610 passengers. This means the cruise ships in the Icon Class will be a similar size to those previously delivered to the shipping company. But all three luxury liners will feature completely new propulsion technology – their eco-friendly LNG drive system will ensure a significant reduction in emissions.
The second cruise ship in this class will be delivered in 2025, and the third will follow in 2026.