Genoa, Italy (PortSEurope) September 13, 2017 – Italian company Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, has said it started the construction of its first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The ship, named Costa Smeralda, will enter service in October 2019. It will exceed 180,000 gross tonnes and offer more than 2,600 passenger cabins for a total of about 6,600 passengers on board. A second ship, sister to Costa Smeralda, will be delivered by Meyer Turku in 2021, Costa Cruises said.
The two new Costa Cruises ships will be powered both in port and on the open sea by LNG, which will be stored in special tanks on board ships and will be used to generate 100% of the energy required for navigation and onboard services, thanks to dual-fuel hybrid engines.
Carnival Corporation plans to build seven LNG-powered ships for its 103-ship fleet, starting in fall 2018 when the company’s German-based AIDA Cruises brand introduces AIDAnova, which will be marketed largely to German consumers.
Source: Costa Cruises
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