Hydroxyl Systems, Inc. announced that it has been awarded contracts from Aker Yards ASA of Finland. The contracts total in excess of $6.6M CAD (US$6.2) for two Hydroxyl CleanSea advanced wastewater treatment systems to be designed and installed for operation onboard Royal Caribbean Cruises' new Genesis Class vessels, dubbed as the world's largest passenger ships.
The new Genesis Class vessels are to be built at Aker Yards' shipyard in Turku, Finland, with the first already under construction. The first vessel, scheduled for delivery in Fall 2009, will be 220,000 gross registered tons when delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL). The vessel will be over 40% larger than the next largest passenger ship in the world, with a length of 360 meters, a width of 47 meters, and accommodating 8,400 passengers and crew.
Royal Caribbean's Genesis vessels will introduce numerous technological advancements within the cruise industry. Hydroxyl's CleanSea advanced wastewater purification systems should enable the Genesis Class vessels to reliably treat all biodegradable water streams generated onboard prior to safe discharge to the ocean. With CleanSea in operation onboard, Genesis Class vessels will be able to operate within sensitive aquatic and coastal regions, while minimizing their impacts on the environment. Under the terms of the contracts, Hydroxyl's CleanSea technology will eliminate compounds from wastewater to levels lower than those stipulated by the most stringent ocean discharge standards in the world.