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Thursday, December 13, 2018 

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over the world’s first LNG (liquid natural gas) cruiseship to AIDA Cruises.

At 183,900grt, and with a an overall length of 337m, AIDANova is the largest cruiseship ever built in Germany and sets a new standard in terms of environmental compatibility with its innovative LNG technology. The emissions produced by the ship will be cut drastically by using the clean fuel LNG.

Before the ship was handed over, AIDANova had proven its seaworthiness during three sea trials on the North Sea when many technical and nautical systems were successfully put to the test. The engine room unit with the modern power station supplying energy for all the ship and hotel operations was made at Neptun Werft in Warnemünde. The four low-emission dual fuel engines came from Caterpillar and can run 100% on LNG both at sea and in port.

AIDAnova is the first of three new ships for the AIDA brand. The other ships with a rating of over 183,000grt and capacity for more than 2,500 cabins each will be reinforcing the AIDA fleet at the end of 2021 and 2023.

Six other ships for Carnival Corporation for other brands of the group have already been ordered in Papenburg and with Meyer Turku.

Technical equipment and organization systems for the very best in entertainment concepts are standard for cruise ships from Papenburg. Besides numerous entertainment possibilities, many other technical systems onboard the ship help to protect the environment, illustrated clearly by features such as the electric pod drive, improved hydrodynamics, heat recovery or extensive water cleaning systems.

Pictured from left: Felix Eichhorn (President AIDA Cruises), Boris Becker (AIDA Captain), Michael Thamm (CEO Costa Crociere), Tim Meyer (Managing Director MEYER WERFT) und Bernard Meyer (Managing Director MEYER WERFT)




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