German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has lowered the first building block into place for AIDAnova, the first cruise ship worldwide that can be operated both at sea and in port with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG). Thus begins the construction of the first of seven LNG-fuelled cruise ships for Carnival Corporation.AIDA President Felix Eichhorn: “One of the main tasks AIDA Cruises sets itself is to make cruises sustainable. With AIDAnova and its sister ship, we are sticking to this course with our pioneering work. Thanks to our trailblazing “green cruising” design, the use of only LNG in the cruise industry will become a reality in 2018.”
The seven LNG ships for cruise brands Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Carnival UK, and AIDA Cruises will be built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany) and Turku (Finland) and commissioned between 2018 and 2022.
The 337 metre, 183,900 GT AIDAnova will be powered by four dual-fuel engines.
Its twin ship with over 180,000 GT and 2,600 staterooms is set to be commissioned in the spring of 2021.
Using LNG prevents almost completely particulate matter and sulfur dioxide emission completely, while sustainably reducing nitric oxide and CO2 emissions.
Thanks to their dual-fuel engines, AIDAprima and AIDAperla are the world’s first cruise ships which can produce their energy from low-emission LNG while docked in port. This is an important step in improving air quality, because the average cruise ship spends 40 percent of its operating time in port. The requirement for this is the availability of LNG in the respective ports. In Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Southampton, and Zeebrügge, AIDAprima can already today be operated with LNG while docked. Together with its partners, AIDA Cruises is working to make the technology available in even more ports in Europe.
Pioneering LNG Fuel for the Cruise Industry
In October 2016, Carnival Corporation signed a framework agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) to be its supplier of marine LNG to power the first two of its new LNG ships for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises with itineraries visiting popular European ports. As part of the agreement, the ships will utilize Shell’s infrastructure in cruise ports to refuel with LNG throughout their itineraries.
In 2015, as a pilot project, AIDAsol from the company’s AIDA Cruises brand was the first cruise ship in the world to be supplied with power by an LNG Hybrid barge.
Arnold Donald, the corporation’s CEO, said, “We are committed to continuing to reduce air emissions and improving air quality by evaluating both new and established solutions, including LNG. We are proud to be on the forefront of advancing LNG as a fuel source for the cruise industry, and we appreciate our long-standing partnership with Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku. We look forward to the delivery of these beautiful and innovative ships that will help us meet our top goal – to provide extraordinary vacation experiences for our guests that exceed all of their expectations.”
Source: Carnival Corporation