Aida’s Plans for Five Ships Using LNG

July 29, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, vessel order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four New Large Dual Fuel Cruise Ships for 2019 and 2020
As LNG for Aidaprima Port Operations Is to Begin Next Year

Carnival has released more detail about its four new liquefied natural gas cruise ships, and reminds that its Aida line’s new flagship Aidaprima, which is now being completed in Japan, will use LNG in port, beginning in Rotterdam next year. updated July 30

Costa-Aida's Aidaprima is to run on LNG in port beginning in Rotterdam next year. The new practice is subsequently to be taken to other ports as well.

Costa-Aida’s Aidaprima is to run on LNG in port beginning in Rotterdam next year. The new practice is subsequently to be taken to other ports as well.

The four new LNG-fueled cruise ships for Carnival’s Costa Cruises unit will be, by guest capacity, the largest in the world (HHP Insight, June 15). They will be built at two Meyer Werft yards, in Finland and Germany, for delivery in 2019 and 2020. Two will be operated by Costa and two by Aida, Costa’s German brand.

The ships will have medium-speed four-stroke engines, the company said this week, “able to use MGO in case of a lack of availability of LNG and to meet the regulations for safe return to port that requires us to have full redundancy.”

‘Pioneering a New Era’

“Pioneering a new era in the use of sustainable fuels, Costa’s 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 at sea,” states a Costa release.

“LNG will be stored onboard the ships and used to generate 100% power at sea – another industry first.”

Artist’s rendering of a new LNG-powered ship for Europe’s Costa .. image courtesy Carnival

Artist’s rendering of a new LNG-powered ship for Europe’s Costa .. image courtesy Carnival

The ships, to be approximately 1,100 feet long (337 meters) will each have three Type C LNG tanks with a combined capacity of 3,500 cubic meters, Costa says – approximately 925,000 gallons.

LNG for Aidaprima Port Power Next Year

Aidaprima, built by Mitsubishi in Nagasaki, is powered by one 12-cylinder M46DF and three 12-cylinder Caterpillar MaK M43C engines. Aidaprima is to commence its maiden voyage from Yokohama on October 1. The new vessel will sail to Europe this coming spring. In Rotterdam it will be supplied with LNG for port power, a practice Carnival says will be expanded to other ports over time.

In addition to its first-ever, dual fuel-engined Cruise ships, Aida is the customer for the Caterpillar-powered, Becker Marine Systems-operated Hummel, an LNG-fueled barge that delivers electricity to ships in the port of Hamburg. Hummel powered Aida’s Aidasol in Hamburg for the first time this past spring (HHPi, May 30).

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Source: Carnival/Costa Cruises with HHP Insight follow-up

 

 

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