Cruise ship uses Ransomes Jacobsen Eclipse 122F walk-behind mower for its onboard lawn

A celebrity cruise liner has booked a berth for an eye-catching model, the Ransomes Jacobsen Eclipse 122F walk-behind mower.

The glitzy machine, billed by its maker as its "newest state-of-the-art" mower, will trim a lawn on the on the Celebrity Solstice cruiser.

The 122,000-tonne luxury liner from Germany launched late last year and included a 2,130sq m lawn between the ship's funnels on the upper deck.

Ship owner Celebrity Cruise Lines needed a quiet mower to avoid disturbing guests playing bowls, croquet and golf putting or enjoying a picnic.

Facilities-management company Green Roof Services contacted The Turf Care Co, Ransomes Jacobsen's distributor in Germany.

The kit boasts a choice of power units, a 4.6hp Honda petrol engine powering a 48V genset or a 48V drop-in battery pack.

The lawn is grown on a porous, lightweight growing medium instead of soil. A 90mm layer of heat-expanded calcium clay is mixed with washed volcanic pumice and a polypropylene Geogrid stabilises layers to withstand foot traffic.


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