New York-listed Carnival Corporation & plc welcomed AIDA Cruises' new AIDAnova into its fleet on Wednesday as the world's first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
“AIDAnova is a milestone for our company and the entire cruise industry,” said Michael Thamm, group CEO of Carnival Corporation's Costa Group – which includes AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises – and Carnival Asia.
“With Carnival Corporation pioneering LNG technology, we start a new era of environmentally friendly cruising. It's important now that the respective infrastructure will be further developed as more and more cruise lines are following our example.”
AIDA Cruises began investing in LNG as a propulsion technology more than 10 years ago, said Carnival Corporation.
The AIDAnova is Carnival Corporation's fourth new ship of 2018; in 2021 and 2023 two additional ships from the new AIDA Cruises generation of vessels will join the AIDA fleet, in addition to new LNG-powered ships on order for Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises in the UK, and Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises in the U.S.
In total, following the launch of AIDAnova, Carnival Corporation has an additional 10 next-generation "green" cruise ships on order that will be powered by LNG in port and at sea, with expected delivery dates between 2019 and 2025.
Photo credit: Carnival Corporation
Published: 13 December, 2018
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