LNG-powered vessel delivered to AIDA Cruises

LNG-powered vessel delivered to AIDA Cruises
Left to right – Felix Eichhorn, president, AIDA Cruises; Boris Becker, AIDA Captain; Michael Thamm, CEO, Costa Crociere; Tim Meyer, managing director, Meyer Werft; Bernard Meyer, managing director, Meyer Werft

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ship, AIDAnova has been delivered to AIDA Cruises by Meyer Werft Papenburg.

The vessel is fitted with four low-emission dual fuel engines from Caterpillar and can operate 100 per cent on LNG both at sea and in port. According to AIDA, the vessel is equipped with an electric pod drive, improved hydrodynamics, and heat recovery or waste cleaning systems to reduce the AIDAnova’s environmental footprint.

The vessel has completed three sea trials on the North Sea, testing its technical and nautical systems.

AIDAnova is the first of three new ships for AIDA. The other ships will join the fleet at the end of 2021 and 2023. Six other ships for Carnival Corporation (Miami) for other brands of the group have already been ordered in Papenburg and with Meyer Turku.