Costa Cruises placed an order for two 180,000 gt, 6,600-passenger ships to be built by Meyer Werft’s Turku, Finland shipyard. Slated for delivery in 2019 and 2020, the as-yet-unnamed vessels will be powered by liquefied natural gas instead of conventional bunker fuel. Along with two ships already ordered for German-based Aida Cruises (Costa Group’s German brand), these will be the first ships to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to run both in port and at sea.
According to Costa’s press release, “Using LNG to power the ships in port and at sea will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment and support the company’s aggressive sustainability goals.”
The contract with Meyer is part of a previously announced memorandum of understanding between Carnival Corporation & plc, the parent company of Costa Group, Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A. for nine new ships to be delivered between 2019 and 2022.
“We are honored that Costa Group has entrusted us with the technical design and construction of their next generation ships for Europe, featuring a revolutionary ‘green cruising’ design implemented to meet specific Costa Group’s needs,” said Jan Meyer, chief executive officer of Meyer Turku Oy. “We are building the ships with a strong team in Turku and with the support of mostly European suppliers, who are the best in their field.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."