Because of the upcoming new regulations regarding sulphur levels in exhaust gases, the ship owners have been struggling to find cost-efficient solutions to meet those environmental regulations. Those regulations state, that in sulphur emission control area (SECA) allowed emissions will be tightened such that the sulphur limit for fuel will drop to 0.1% (from 1.0%) at the start of 2015. Last week an interesting news was released, stating that Finnish ship owner Langh Ship has invented a functional closed loop scrubber! Langh ship announcement reveals the facts and figures by clicking this link.
This week, I started a three-part blog series concerning the third Oasis Class ship to be negotiated between STX Finland and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL). Yesterday 25th October 2012, RCCL had announced in their 3rd interim report and also commented officially into the rumors which RCCL had earlier declined. This series of short speculations will have three parts, which consist of three parts and continues with the second one today:
- Finnish shipbuilding cluster and government
- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL)
- STX Finland – Turku shipyard and the group
In the interim statement, in addition to publishing financial information, RCCL confirmed it is negotiating for construction of another Oasis-type vessel for delivery in middle to late 2016. The company said it has not made an agreement yet, but hopes to do so before year’s end. “The new ship is expected to cost less on a per-berth basis than either of the first two Oasis-class vessels”, RCCL said in a press release. When announcing quarterly results, they were able to announce good news. The company is financially profitable despite of the challenges the Consta Concordia average caused for the industry.