Turku- In the Meyer Shipyard of Turku in Finland starts the construction of the first cruise vessel for the international market powered totally by LNG, “the most environmentally-friendly” fossil fuel in the world. The vessel will be called “Costa Smeralda”, the new admiral of Costa Crociere with 1827000 Tons of gross tonnage.
2612 rooms, with a maximum 6518 passengers, it will be available since October 2019, the refueling point will be Barcelona thanks the agreement with Shell. At the cut of first sheet metal participated the general director of company Neil Palomba and the CEO of shipyard Jan Meyer. An investment of approximately one billion of USD for a queen of ocean with a length of 337 meters, large 42 meters and 8,8 meters as vessel draught.
The utilization of LNG will be an innovation of cruise sector in term of environmental impact because it will allow the reduction of gas emission specifically related to sulphur, nitrogen carbon dioxide.
In 2021 the Meyer shipyard of Turku will deliver at Costa the second twins vessel. “Smeralda” is included within the strategic world plan for growth of Carnival Group. It designs the construction of new seven vessels moved by LNG fuel since the autumn 2018, with the delivery of AIDAnova of AIDA Cruises brand, that will be operative in the German market.
“The new vessels of Costa will fix new standard for the entire sector at worldwide level.” as said Palomba; “They will be the first full LNG vessels and they will provide an incentive to green technology, especially in Mediterranean Sea. The best expression of Italy’s finest concept, that characterize the Costa brand at international level.”
About 750 Italian citizens will be employed to work on Costa Smeralda and its twins. Satisfaction for the start of works has been expressed by the CEO of group Meyer, that commend more than 10 billion of dollar of orders in the cruise sector: “We are happy to have feed the project with our experience on the construction of LNG vessels passengers”. Today the ideas, the creativity, the technologies and the design of new Costa’s vessels begin to be reality.
Source : TheMediTelegraph