On 5 December Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation officially took delivery of its first powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship, known as Costa Smeralda. The handover ceremony was held in the place where the company’s vessel was build, at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland.
Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship called “MS Fridtjof Nansen” has completed sea trials and will be ready to voyage earlier than expected, ahead of the planned April 1st inaugural voyage.
Costa Esmeralda successfully conducted its sea trials powered by LNG, being the first cruise ship to join the company that runs on LNG, representing an innovation in the cruise sector and highlighting the industry’s efforts in becoming greener and more sustainable.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) published its 2019 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, according to which cruise lines have provided up to $22 billion in vessels equipped with energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels.
Wärtsilä informed that it will supply and install an Auto Gasification solution for the ‘Regal Princess’, a Princess Cruises vessel. This technology aims to enable the safe disposal of waste from the ship through a self-fueling thermal decomposition unit.
Costa Cruises, celebrated the first steel-cutting for Costa Toscana, the company’s second ship that can be powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG), at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The Italy-flagged vessel is to be delivered in 2021.
Danish Company Knud E. Hansen announced its latest design for a sail-assisted cruise vessel that is able to accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a variety of 6,000 nautical miles. The vessel combines low-sulphur diesel and wind power, making it able to sail to emission control areas and makes it be in line with IMO’s regulations.
Corvus Energy, a Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems, announced that it will launch a new battery for cruise ships, Ro-pax and ro-ro with unlimited capacity. According to the company, the Corvus Blue Whale is a fit to applications requiring low charge or discharge rate, in combination with high energy demand.
The Port of Seattle Commission issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to secure a partner to develop and operate a new, single berth cruise facility at Terminal 46. Commissioners also adopted principles to ensure that a growing cruise business increases local economic benefit.
French cruise company Ponant and Saint-Nazaire-based maritime shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique have teamed up to test a revolutionary sailing system on the company’s vessel ‘Le Ponant’, expected to significantly reduce energy consumption tied to propulsion and thus minimize the operation’s environmental footprint.
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