LNG-Powered AIDAnova Embarks on New Era for Cruise Industry

| Germany: Papenburg | Source: Meyer Werft

AIDAnovaShipbuilder Meyer Werft from Papenburg has handed over the world’s first LNG (liquid natural gas) cruise ship to AIDA Cruises (Rostock). The largest cruise ship ever built in Germany will be setting new standards in terms of environmental compatibility with its innovative LNG technology. The emissions produced by the ship will be cut drastically by using the clean fuel LNG.

Before the ship was handed over, AIDANova had proven its seaworthiness during three sea trials on the North Sea when many technical and nautical systems were successfully put to the test. The engine room unit with the modern power station supplying energy for all the ship and hotel operations was made at NEPTUN Werft in Warnemünde. The four very low-emission dual-fuel engines came from Caterpillar (Kiel/Rostock) and can run 100% on LNG both at sea and in port.

AIDAnova is the first of three new ships for the AIDA brand. The other ships with a rating of over 183,000 GRT and capacity for more than 2,500 cabins each will be reinforcing the AIDA fleet at the end of 2021 and 2023. Six other ships for Carnival Corporation (Miami) for other brands of the group have already been ordered in Papenburg and with MEYER TURKU.

Technical equipment and organization systems for the very best in entertainment concepts are standard for cruise ships from Papenburg. Besides numerous entertainment possibilities, many other technical systems on board the ship help to protect the environment, illustrated clearly by features such as the electric pod drive, improved hydrodynamics, heat recovery or extensive water cleaning systems.

New ground was broken in building AIDAnova with many technical innovations. The shipyard received support and assistance in the form of innovation grants from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the state of Lower Saxony.

Main data AIDAnova

Tonnage 183.900 GRT Flag Italy
Overall length 337,00 m Class RINA
Width 42 m Diameter of the propellers 5,2 m
Number of decks 20 Weight of each propeller 13,2 to
Draught 8,60 m Carpet 65.000m²
Machine output gesamt 61.760 kW Parquet flooring 2.500 m²
Propulsion power 37.000 kW PVC 14.100m²
Speed 17 kn Tiles 16.000m²
Passengers 5228 Glass for the exterior 4.555 m²
No. of passenger cabins 2626 Glass wall (theatre) ca. 300 m²
Crew ca. 1500 Size of the AIDA “eye” 140 m²
Theatre seating capacity ca.1.100 Length of the AIDA “mouth” 16,8 m
No. of restaurants 17 Length of the AIDA “tail” 196 m
No. of bars/lounges 17 Light fittings 40.030 fittings
Total weight of applied paint ca. 350 t LED strip material 8.000 m
Total length of installed cables 2.500 km
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