AOL Travel News recently reported on a sneak preview of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas: the largest cruise ship in the world, albeit by a mere 5 millimeters, in the run-up to its maiden voyage on December 1. Launched last year, the Allure’s sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, is the Allure’s slightly shorter sibling, and both are ready to use shore-to-ship power, also known as ‘cold ironing’.
Cold ironing describes the practice of ships turning off their auxiliary diesel engines when in port and plugging into shore-side electricity. Vessels require power while docked to run substantial on-board services ranging from lighting, telecommunications and food preparation, to mooring and cargo handling. Currently, the majority of vessels meet these power demands by running their auxiliary engines that emit pollutants into port areas.
The 18-deck Allure has a tonnage of some 225,000 tons and is 1,181 feet in length. At full-capacity, the Allure will offer accommodation for up to 6,400 passengers and have a crew of 2,800. A zipline, a Dreamworks 3D cinema, a mini golf course, even Broadway shows all feature among the vast array of attractions packed onto the Allure. Watch the clip below for more:
Cruise companies, and the ports sector as a whole, has long sought to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impact. The Allure exemplifies this approach: in addition to using low-sulphur fuels to reduce smoke pollution, operating an advanced wastewater purification system for purifying black and grey water, and recycling waste heat from cooling water and exhaust gases, the Allure is prepared for shore-to-ship power. Indeed, even during its construction in Finland, Cavotec helped power the Allure with our own version of the technology, Alternative Maritime Power (AMP). Ports across northern Europe, Canada, and the US have been operating AMP systems for many years.