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TURKU STARTS BUILD OF COSTA'S LATEST LNG-FUELLED CRUISE SHIP

Thursday, February 13, 2020 

Construction of 'Costa Toscana', a 185 000 gt LNG powered cruise ship has begun at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

Costa Toscana will enter service in late summer of 2021.

“This symbolic moment in the construction of Costa Toscana marks a further step forward in the use of LNG in the cruise sector. We were the first in the world to believe in this innovation five years ago, when we ordered these new ships, starting a transformation process toward make tourism increasingly sustainable,” said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises. "LNG is currently the solution that allows the best and most immediate results to be achieved in terms of reducing the environmental impact of ships.”

Toscana is a sister ship to Costa Smeralda, now sailing in the Mediterranean.

Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said: “We are always building on the learnings of previous ships, but Costa Toscana will also have totally new designs in many features to inspire her passengers. Today is the day when this all starts to become visible in the form of one beautiful ship.”

When finished, Costa Toscana will be one of the most environmentally safe cruise ships. By using LNG as fuel Costa Toscana will have virtually no sulphur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95-100% reduction). LNG significantly reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides (85% direct reduction) and CO2 (reduction of up to 20%).

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