Carnival Corporation has today held a keel laying ceremony of its first fully liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ship, AIDAnova, during an event at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg.
The series of seven next-generation cruise ships fully-powered by LNG will be built by leading German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku, and delivery is expected between 2018 and 2022.
Beginning a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels, these new ships is reportedly the first in the cruise industry that can use LNG to generate 100 percent of their power both in port and on the open sea.
President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald said “Today marked a significant milestone in the construction of this next-generation of Carnival Corporation ships featuring our ‘green cruising’ design, which will be the most environmentally friendly ships in our company’s history,”.
The first building block for the first LNG-powered vessel named AIDAnova was laid by the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft today, the first steel-cutting ceremony for the ship is scheduled at the Meyer Turku shipyard in the coming week.
AIDAnova will be equipped with four dual-fuel engines, sailing on trips around the Canary islands.
The company’s AIDA Cruises brand will debut AIDAnova following its delivery in fall 2018. Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises brand will debut the industry’s next LNG cruise ship in 2019.
LNG-powered ships for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises (UK) will follow in 2020. Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will each receive an additional LNG-powered ship in 2021, followed by an additional LNG-powered ship for Carnival Cruise Line in 2022.
Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises (UK) will both receive LNG-powered ships in 2020. Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will each have additional LNG-powered ship in 2021, followed by Carnival Cruise Line in 2022.
The seven new ships for four Carnival Corporation’s global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, P&O Cruises UK, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises – will feature a “green cruising” design.