Shell has entered an agreement with Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line to supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for North America’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships.
Under the deal, Shell will fuel Carnival Cruise Line’s two new next-generation “green cruising” ships, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and 2022.
The new Carnival Cruise Line vessels will be fully LNG-powered both while in port and at sea – “an industry first and an environmental breakthrough that will improve air quality with cleaner emissions and produce the most efficient ships in company history.”
Construction of the two 180,000-ton ships is currently ongoing at Finland Shipyard by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku. It will be the largest ships in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet with an approximate passenger capacity of 5,200 based on double occupancy.
“Our two new cruise ships entering service in 2020 and 2022 will not only be the largest and most technologically advanced in our fleet but will break extraordinary new ground as the first LNG-powered cruise ships in North America,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said.
The vessels will be fueled through Shell’s LNG Bunker Barge (LBB) – a project that forms part of Shell’s strategic plan to develop a global LNG bunkering network.