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.
Costa Smeralda’s construction is continuing at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. The cruise ship belongs to Costa Cruise’s fleet and it’s the the first cruise ship for the world market, specifically in Europe, to be fuelled, both in port and while at sea, by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
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.
Just one newly built cruise ship uses LNG, German environment association NABU noted, adding that the remaining checked ships coming into the market this year, will continue to use heavy fuel oil. Namely, AIDAnova will be the first cruise ship using liquefied natural gas LNG.
While Westwood Global Energy Group expects a turnover of USD 236 billion in the global LNG market from 2018 to 2022, a new report, prepared by COWI for the Port of Esbjerg, indicates that it would be inappropriate to invest in LNG at the Port at the current time, as demand is limited in the small and medium-sized ports.
Major cruise firm Carnival Corporation officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives. The Helix terminal will accommodate Carnival’s new class of next-generation “green” cruise ships to be fully operated by LNG.
A French court has sued the Captain of the cruise ship ‘Azura’, operated by P&O Cruises, over breaching sulphur fuel limit, during the ship’s stopover in Marseilles on 29 March. If found guilty, the Master could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to €200,000.
The International Council on Clean Transportation issued five briefing papers, prepared by PhD Bryan Comer, summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. Analyzing data for the cruise sector, the paper reveals 40 of 62 cruise ships operated on HFO in the region in 2015, with most HFO-fueled cruise ships flying the Bahamas flag.
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