Carnival’s First LNG Ships for N. America

September 9, 2016 in HHP Summit 2016, LNG, Marine, Milestones, vessel order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vessels for 2020 and 2022 to Be the Fleet’s Largest
And First LNG-Powered Cruise Ships for North America,
Both Are to Be ‘Fully Powered at Sea and in Port’ by LNG

Carnival Corp said this week that its Carnival Cruise Line is slated to take delivery of two new 180,000 gross-registered-ton, LNG-fueled cruise ships in 2020 and 2022. Also this week, Carnival said that its P&O Cruises UK unit will take delivery of an LNG-fueled ship in 2020, making for a corporate total of seven LNG ships on order.

Artist's conception of the new LNG-fueled Carnival Vista

Artist’s conception of the new LNG-fueled Carnival Vista

“Both of these ships will be fully powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said in a release. “These ships are being designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness,” she said.

The two for the U.S. are being built by Meyer Turku at the company’s yard in Turku, Finland. The vessel for the UK will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Seven LNG Ships for Carnival

The two Meyer Werft units are also building four LNG-fueled cruise ships for Carnival’s Costa Cruises unit for delivery in 2019 and 2020 (HHP Insight, June 15, 2015). Two will be operated by Costa and two by Aida, Costa’s German brand.

“In total, the company now has agreements in place to build seven LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its ten global cruise brands in coming years,” Carnival said this week.

MGO Fuel for Back-Up?

The Costa ships will have medium-speed four-stroke engines, the company said last year, “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.”

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.

Carnival’s current Costa-Aida flagship Aidaprima was built to use LNG in port (HHPi, July 29, 2015.

Carnival pledged this week to release specific design details for the latest ships “at a later time.”

Carnival Corp strategic sourcing VP Eric Evans is to speak at the 2016 Natural Gas for High Horsepower Summit next month. HHP Summit 2016 takes place October 11-13 at McCormick place. HHP Summit 2016 value registration ends October 7.

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Source: Carnival Corp with HHP Insight follow-up

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