Turkey-based Tersan Shipyard is building two new LNG-fueled cruise vessels for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten, expected to operate the historic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, along the western coastline of Norway, stopping at 34 ports along the route.
In line with its vision for an emission-neutral cruising, AIDA Cruises, the German brand of Carnival Corporation, is planning the first practical trial of fuel cells aboard an AIDA ship by 2021, the company said in its sustainability report released Monday.
Hurtigruten, expedition cruise line signed a deal with Norway-based Biokraft to supply climate-neutral liquified biogas (LBG) – and power ships with fuel made from dead fish and other organic waste. The partnership includes near-daily delivery of biogas produced from organic waste to Hurtigruten ships, the first cruise ships in the world to be powered by fossil-free LBG.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business, came into a partnership with Royal Caribbean International and Saga Cruises. The agreement sees Gazpromneft managing about 60 bunkering operations for the two partners during the summer navigation season, starting in May until September 2019.
The world’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship, AIDAnova, arrived in the Port of Barcelona last week. Germany-based AIDA Cruises and numerous representatives from politics, port-related businesses and tourism celebrated Friday the ship arrival.
GE’s Power Conversion business and fuel cell manufacturer Nedstack announced collaboration on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels. So far, the companies have designed the concept for a two megawatt hydrogen fuel cell power plant on an expedition vessel.
KfW IPEX-Bank announced that it will finance another cruise ship for AIDA Cruises that is powered with LNG. The ship would be the second sister vessel for AIDAnova, the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship. KfW IPEX-Bank will also finance the third LNG-powered ship for the German AIDA Cruises. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2023.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that it will use low-sulphur Marine Gas Oil on all expedition ships from July 2020. Currently, the company is using MGO in particularly vulnerable areas like the Arctic, Antarctica and Kamchatka. The routes will be managed on the basis an eco-efficient average speed, which aims to reduce fuel consumption by one third.
Norwegian cruise ships operator, Hurtigruten, decided to retrofit its ships to make them more eco-friendly, and plans to use a byproduct from dead fish and other organic waste in order to power their engines. Liquified biogas is a fossil-free, renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste, , while it is considered one of the most eco-friendly fuels available.
On October 8, AIDA Cruises’ newest ship AIDAnova departed the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship will now be transferred on the river Ems to Eemshaven, Netherlands. AIDAnova passed the dock gate in Papenburg, the Friesen-bridge near Weener and then the Jann-Berghaus-bridge in Leer.
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