Reflecting on our commitment to sustainability, we are continuing to pioneer the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest fossil fuel, and are expanding our LNG investment.
We began the implementation of our LNG vision by using LNG in port. In 2015, AIDAsol was the first cruise ship in the world to be supplied with power by an LNG Hybrid barge while in Hamburg, Germany. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a unique pilot project with Becker Marine Systems, was designed, constructed and commissioned in three years. Since then, we have expanded our LNG capabilities to supply LNG directly to two ships, each with a dual-fuel powered engine (AIDAprima and AIDAperla). These ships use LNG while in port drawing fuel directly from trucks alongside the ship.
In 2018, we made history with the launch of AIDAnova, the first cruise ship in the world powered by LNG both at sea and in port. Leading the cruise industry’s use of LNG to power cruise ships, we have a further 10 sister vessels due for delivery between 2019 and 2025 for Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises UK, Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.
FIRST CRUISE SHIP POWERED by LNG AT SEA AND IN PORT
We began construction on AIDAnova in 2016 and the history-making ship joined the fleet in late 2018. The largest cruise ship ever built at a German shipyard, AIDAnova also marks an exciting new generation of “green” cruise ships that will be powered at sea and in port by LNG. In December 2018, AIDAnova made its maiden call in the Canary Islands at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Terminal, a concession operated by Carnival Corporation that can accommodate next-generation “green” cruise ships powered by LNG. The first LNG supply for AIDAnova at the port took place upon its arrival and was made possible through our partnership with Shell.