Celebrity Flora is an expedition cruise ship which exclusively sails along the Galápagos Islands
Across Oceans Group (AOG) has partnered with UK-based Sonihull to deliver ultrasonic anti-fouling technology to cruise clients, starting with Celebrity Cruises’ expedition vessel, Celebrity Flora.
Sonihull’s technology prevents the growth of fouling organisms on a ship’s hull. If allowed to grow, these organisms create drag, leading to increased fuel consumption and reduced speed. The technology protects the hulls without the use of harsh chemicals typically used for anti-fouling purposes, which can be harmful to machinery and marine life.
“Our partnership with Sonihull builds on AOG’s existing capabilities as one of the leading suppliers to global cruise,” said Douglas Diggle, AOG founder. “Through our existing network, we are well positioned to providing environmentally conscious clients and businesses access to revolutionary technologies and advance sustainable anti-fouling solutions supplied by Sonihull.”
According to Sonihull's director Marcel Botha partnering with AOG provides an opportunity for the technology provider to grow its international footprint. “Sonihull’s eco-friendly anti-fouling solutions have the potential to be a game changer. With zero environmental impact, Sonihull can help protect marine life by providing long-term sustainable solutions to unwanted marine biofouling,” he said.
Launched in 2019, Celebrity Flora is an expedition cruise ship operated by Islas Galápagos Turismo y Vapores, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Group. “Celebrity Flora will be equipped with a Sonihull ultrasonic control box that will serve and protect the box coolers system,” said Vlasis Arapoglou, fleet technical operations. “After verification of the satisfactory operation and positive results, we can expand to other areas of the vessel. Other areas to protect are HVAC, bow thrusters, propulsion, hull, and plate coolers.”