Aker Yards orders Hydroxyl CleanSea(R) for world's largest passenger ships



    VICTORIA, June 22 /CNW/ - Hydroxyl Systems, Inc. announced today that it
has been awarded contracts from Aker Yards ASA of Finland. The contracts total
in excess of $6.6M CAD for two Hydroxyl CleanSea(R) advanced wastewater
treatment systems to be designed and installed for operation onboard Royal
Caribbean Cruises' new Genesis Class vessels - 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 the world's second-largest cruise operator, Royal Caribbean
Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL). The vessel will be over 40 percent 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. In particular, leading-edge
environmental technology continues as a high priority in support of the Royal
Caribbean's "Save the Waves(R)" initiatives. Hydroxyl's CleanSea(R) advanced
wastewater purification systems will 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.
    "Aker Yards and Royal Caribbean are both widely respected as leaders and
innovators in the cruise industry and the fact that Hydroxyl has been selected
for these important projects is something we are very proud of," stated
Hydroxyl President and CEO, Carolyn Rogers.
    The CleanSea systems supplied for the Genesis Class vessels will employ
Hydroxyl's ActiveCell(TM) biofilm carrier process for high-rate biodegradation
of wastewater onboard, as well as Hydroxyl's patent-pending ActiveFloat(TM)
dissolved air flotation equipment, for particulate solids removal. Both
proprietary technologies enhance wastewater treatment process reliability as
well as decrease space requirements and system lifecycle costs. Comparable
CleanSea systems are operating or are in the process of installation onboard
eight other Royal Caribbean vessels.
    "These contracts are a testament to the innovative capabilities of
Hydroxyl's technology, and to the strong relationships our team has built with
both Aker Yards and Royal Caribbean. The combination of our technology and
service continues to establish Hydroxyl as a market leader in the cruise
industry," said Steve DePoli, Hydroxyl Vice President, Marine.

    About Hydroxyl Systems, Inc.

    Hydroxyl Systems, Inc. is an integrated systems provider of environmental
technology for wastewater treatment. The company is recognized internationally
for the development and marketing of ActiveCell(TM) biofilm carrier wastewater
treatment systems, CleanSea(R) shipboard wastewater treatment systems, and
PhotoStack(TM) advanced oxidation process technology.
    Hydroxyl has over ten years of experience providing specialized processes
for industrial wastewater treatment, shipboard wastewater treatment, municipal
wastewater upgrades and expansions, decentralized wastewater treatment and the
destruction of biorefractory contaminants from process wastewater and
groundwater streams. Hydroxyl Systems Inc. is a privately held company founded
in 1993 with headquarters in Victoria, BC, Canada. http://www.hydroxyl.com/.

    About Aker Yards ASA

    Aker Yards is an international shipbuilding group focusing on
sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of
innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product
range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore &
specialized vessels. Aker Yards comprises 17 yards in Brazil, Finland, France,
Germany, Norway, Romania and Ukraine. Aker Yards has approximately
20,000 employees. http://www.akeryards.com/.

    About Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that
operates Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, with a combined
total of twenty-nine ships in service and six under construction. The company
also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through
its cruise-tour division. http://www.royalcaribbean.com/,
http://www.celebritycruises.com/.

    Trademarks

    Hydroxyl, the Hydroxyl logo, ActiveCell, ActiveFloat, CleanSea,
    PhotoStack, 'Water Results' are trademarks of Hydroxyl Systems, Inc.

    Save The Waves is a registered trademark of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

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For further information:

For further information: Press Contact: Brodie Guy, Hydroxyl, (250)
381-8850 ext. 236, bguy@hydroxyl.com

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