In Addition to Dual Fuel, They’ll be the Largest Ever Guestwise
Miami-based Carnival Corp said today that it’s signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four liquefied natural gas-fueled cruise ships. Weighing in at more than 180,000 gross tons, the four next-generation vessels will have “the largest guest capacity in the world,” the company says: total capacity of 6,600, with more than 5,000 lower berths – “the largest ever built.”
Two of the ships will be manufactured for Aida Cruises at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for delivery in 2019 and 2020. The two others are to be built at Turku, Finland.
“Pioneering a new era in the use of sustainable fuels, the four new ships will be the first in the cruise industry to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and on the open sea,” states a release.
“At a cost per berth in line with our existing order book, these new ships will enhance the return profile of our fleet,” Carnival CEO Arnold Donald says in today’s release.
“These are exceptionally efficient ships with incredible cabins and public spaces,” he said.
The Carnival-Aida Cruises Aidasol was late last month powered in the Port of Hamburg by Becker Marine Systems’ Hummel “LNG Hybrid Barge,” which uses LNG to fuel five Caterpillar gensets (HHP Insight, May 30).
Carnival’s contract with Meyer Werft is part of a previously announced strategic memo of understanding with leading shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Fincantieri for nine new ship orders between 2019 and 2022, Carnival said.
Carnival noted that it’s is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of ten cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Carnival Cruise Lines, the Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia and UK) collectively “will operate 100 ships in 2015 totaling 219,000 lower berths with eight new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2018, along with four additional new ships on order between 2019-2022.”
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Source: Carnival Corp with HHP Insight follow-up