Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, set off on its maiden voyage from the American state of Florida from the port in Miami.
According to environmentalists, during the 7-day journey, the ship will produce an insane amount of greenhouse gas emissions, the Associated Press and BBC write.
The length of the Icon of the Seas liner from bow to stern is 365 meters, which can be compared to 4 city blocks.
For the next 7 days, the liner will visit the coastal parts of the islands in the tropics.
It is noted that the liner can accommodate up to 7,600 passengers and about 2,350 crew members.
The ship contains 20 decks, which are divided into 8 “districts”. They have more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounge areas, as well as:
- 7 pools;
- 6 water slides;
- skating rink;
“It is the culmination of more than 50 years of dreaming and innovation. It is an ideal family holiday for several generations”,” said Royal Caribbean Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Liberty.
At the same time, Brian Comer, director of the maritime program of the International Clean Transportation Council, noted that the use of such a liner is “a step in the wrong direction”.
According to him, cruise ships that use liquefied natural gas often release it directly into the atmosphere.
Emissions contain methane, which increases the greenhouse effect much more than carbon dioxide.
“According to our estimates, the use of liquefied natural gas as marine fuel produces 120% more greenhouse gas emissions than marine gas oil”– reported Brian Comer.
According to a representative of the company that developed the liner, Icon of the Seas is designed to work 24% more efficiently than the international standard for new ships.
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