With the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft, work has started on the next cruise ship for AIDA Cruises. Like the AIDAnova that was delivered at the end of 2018, this ship will be equipped with an environmentally friendly LNG propulsion system.
LNG fueled vessels
Australian shipbuilder Incat informed that has secured a contract to build the world’s largest aluminium ship. The company will construct the 130 metre long ship Buquebus, and it will operate between Argentina and Uruguay. Once completed, the ship will be the largest aluminium ferry ever built.
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) announced that it has successfully built its first LNG-fueled vessels using its own technology. The company had announced on April 29, that the two LNG-fueled 113,000 dwt oil tankers delivered to an Asian shipowner earlier this year completed the first bunkering at the port of Rotterdam and now begin their operation as eco-friendly vessels.
United European Car Carriers, jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to build two new generation PCTC with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. The newbuilding contract also includes options for two more ships, and the first one is planned for delivery in 2021.
Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-fueled cruise ship of the Costa Cruises fleet, suffered a minor fire on the deck 15, while undergoing the final stage of construction at the Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, Monday afternoon. There was stored equipment on fire, started by welding inside the ship.
Shipbuilder Meyer Turku informed that Costa Smeralda was floated out with traditional ceremonies at the Meyer Turku shipyard, on March 15. The float-out of Costa Smeralda, an LNG fueled 180 000 GT cruise ship, signals the start of the final stage of construction for the ship. The ceremony marks the outfitting phase in the ship’s construction. The ship will be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019.
A new ferry that will combine energy efficiency, flexibility and optimised space availability, will soon start operation between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland. The ferry will have been constructed by 2021 and will run mainly on LNG. The ship will also be able to burn biogas, while it will incorporate battery power to reduce its emissions while on port.
New shipbuilding contracts which worth a total of 28.46 million CGT will be signed around the world during 2019. In comparison, the amount for 2018 was 28.55 million CGT. Namely, last year, contracts for building LNG carriers increased by 400%, reaching 5.85 million CGT, 76 ships. However, the numbers are expected to be less, going to to 4.08 million CGT and 53 ships.
South Korean shipbuilders, after becoming the world’s leaders on new orders in 2018 on increased demand for LNG ships, are expecting a solid demand for vessels during 2019. Specifically, local shipyards have won orders to build 60 LNG ships last year, in a time when demand for LNG carriers is steadily increasing.
German shipyard Meyer Werft informed that it will delay the delivery of AIDAnova, the world’s first LNG fueled cruise ship. Before this announcement, AIDA Cruises was planned to receive the cruise ship on November 15, in Bremerhaven. AIDA Cruises said that the vessel will start its maiden voyage as scheduled on December 2.
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