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Monday, March 18, 2019 

Meyer Turku says that the 'Costa Smeralda', an LNG powered 180 000 gt cruise ship, has entered the final stage of construction having been floated out at the yard in Finland.

She will be completed at the outfitting pier ready for delivery to Costa Cruises in October 2019. Costa Smeralda will be the first LNG powered cruise ship in the Costa fleet and one of the first in operation. LNG usage will cut all particulate and sulphur oxide emissions and significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and CO2.

“With LNG a breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector. Costa Group is the market leader in Europe and China, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a key part of our industry leadership” said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.

Meyer Turku has previously delivered two LNG powered ships. “We have been very excited to bring our expertise in designing, engineering and construction of LNG ships in service for Costa Smeralda. This ship is also going to be a step up in ship size for us, as we are continuing our production ramp-up to two times the level of previous high for the shipyard”, said CEO Jan Meyer.

“With the hull of the ship now completed, the next stage of the building process is proceeding to complete all the attractions and features, making sure at the same time that Smeralda will be a safe, reliable and comfortable ship to sail at sea. After the summer the commissioning and testing of the ships myriad of automatic systems will intensify both at the pier and at sea before delivery”, added Meyer.

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