BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry



« News Home
:: Monthly Archive

News Topics
:: Air Pollution
:: Agreements & M&A's
:: Alternative Fuels
:: BunkerBlog
:: Cargoes & Storage
:: Company News
:: Efficiency, Costs & Charges
:: Environment
:: Events
:: Financial
:: Fuel Quality & Testing
:: Lubes & Additives
:: Oil Spills
:: People
:: Port News
:: Projects
:: Regulation, Legal
:: Services, Products,Technology
:: Statistics & Research
:: Vessels

Regional Archive
:: Americas
:: Asia/Oceania
:: Europe
:: M.East/Africa


BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry
Home » News





Keel-laying ceremony for world's first fully LNG-powered cruise ship

07 Sep 2017 08:23 GMT

The AIDAnova will be the first cruise vessel with the capability to operate only on LNG - both at sea and in port.



On September 4, Carnival Corporation celebrated the keel-laying ceremony of the AIDAnova in Papenburg, Germany, to mark the official start of construction of seven cruise ships that will be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft lowered the first building block into place for the world's first cruise ship with the capability to operate only on LNG - both at sea and in port, whilst Meyer Werft's Martin de Boer placed the traditional lucky coin under the keel.

Speaking at the ceremony, AIDA President, Felix Eichhorn, said: "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."

Carnival announced the order of four LNG-powered vessels from Meyer Werft in the summer of 2015. Two of the vessels, each with a gross tonnage (grt) in excess of 180,000 tonnes, are scheduled to join the AIDA Cruises fleet in the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2021, respectively. Delivery of the other two ships - to Italian brand Costa Cruises - is expected in 2019 and 2020.

A deal to build another three vessels - two for Carnival Cruise Line (scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2022) and one for P&O Cruises UK (due to be delivered in 2020) - was announced in September 2016, and brings Carnival's total number of orders for vessels fully powered by LNG to seven.

Thanks to their dual-fuel engines, the AIDAprima and AIDAperla are the world's first cruise ships that can run on LNG while docked in port. Meanwhile, the AIDAsol became the first cruise ship in the world to be supplied with power by an LNG hybrid barge in 2015.

In Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Southampton and Zeebrugge, the AIDAprima can already be operated with LNG while docked.

AIDA Cruises says it is also working to make the fuel available in even more European locations; in June, the cruise brand declared its intention to have the AIDAperla bunkered with LNG in Barcelona "before the summer is out".

In its premiere season, the AIDAnova will offer trips around the Canary Islands starting in December 2018, which suggests that this is another location where the cruise operator aims to be able to perform LNG bunkering within the next 15 months.

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).

Image: The keel-laying ceremony on September 4, 2017, for the AIDAnova - the world's first cruise ship with the capability to operate only on LNG, both at sea and in port.






Related Links:

AIDA Cruises targets LNG bunkers in Barcelona for newest ship 'before the summer is out'
Barcelona's new cruise terminal to accommodate LNG-fuelled ships
Carnival posts 58.2% jump in Q2 bunker costs
Scrubbers installed on 60 Carnival ships
Steel cut for world's first cruise ship powered at sea by LNG

Latest News:

Debmarine Namibia inks MoU to build bunker-saving mining vessel
Understanding 'about' in bunker consumption clauses
Viking Line ferry will be first to use dual-fuel version of world's most efficient four-stroke diesel engine
Market still indecisive as OPEC meeting closes in
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
First LNG shipment arrives at future Lapland bunkering hub
VPS expands oil condition monitoring capabilities
Quadrise issues activity update following 'media speculation'
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
Oil slightly up, but markets in wait-and-see mode ahead of OPEC meeting
Ceremonies held for MSC Cruises ships with scrubbers
VLCC with '20%' bunker savings delivered to K Line




Page Links:

Prices
Africa
Asia
Latin America
Middle East
North America
North Europe
South Europe
Index Summary
Price Highlights
Commentaries
Futures
Prices
Antwerp
Busan
Cape Town
Fujairah
Houston
Istanbul
Kaohsiung
Las Palmas
Maracaibo
New Orleans
Piraeus
Rio
Rotterdam
Santos
Singapore
News
Latest News
Blogs
Archive
Americas
Asia
Europe
Middle East
News
Air Pollution
Agreements & M&A's
Alternative Fuels
Cargoes & Storage
Efficiency, Costs & Charges
Environment
Events
Financial
Fuel Quality
Lubes & Additives
Oil Spills
People
Port News
Projects
Regulation/Legal
Services, Products, Technology
Statistics & Research
Vessels
Contact & Terms
Contact Us
Advertise
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Events
Upcoming Events