“Biggest Ship on Planet” a BIG Concern?

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – The world’s largest cruise ship, costing over $2 billion, is expected to take sail from Miami, Florida, but it seems there are some concerns over the environmental effects of the ship.

The ship will first cruise from Miami and continue on for seven days as they go island hopping. The cruise ship, called the Icon of the Seas, is from Royal Caribbean International. This ship is made up of eight “neighborhoods,” and contains seven swimming pools with six waterslides. With 20 decks, it’s named the biggest cruise ship and is getting the attention of many.

It has a passenger capacity of 7,600, and is five times the size of the Titanic, whereas the average capacity of most cruise ships is around 3,000. It weighs over 250,000 metric tons and is about 1,200 feet long. It cost about $2 billion to build fully.

The giant ship has sparked many different conversations, many of them negative, as people discuss the effects of a ship this big on the planet and climate. The ship is running on liquified natural gas which has a worse effect on the planet due to the amounts of methane.

Methane is actually 80 times more potent and worse for the atmosphere than Carbon Dioxide is. The Marine Program at the International Council on Clean Transport’s director, Bryan Comer, expressed the danger the ship has on the climate, saying, “It’s a step in the wrong direction…We would estimate that using LNG as a marine fuel emits over 120% more life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions than marine gas oil.”

In an attempt to defend the use of this giant cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International said the Icon of the Seas scrutinizes every kilowatt of energy “for energy efficiencies and emission reductions.”

The LNG fuel industry is rapidly growing as can be seen with its use in such a groundbreaking cruise ship. This leaves many concerned over the greenhouse gasses and the effects that these fuels can have on the environment and the planet.

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