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World’s 1st LNG-Powered Cruise Ship sees the light of day

AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship
powered with LNG, has left Meyer Werft’s building dock in Papenburg,

It took almost two hours to float out AIDA
Cruises’ newbuilding in the evening hours of August 21.
The 180,000-ton vessel will now berth at
Meyer Werft’s outfitting pier where its mast and funnel cladding will be
In addition, further testing with LNG will be
performed on the ship’s engines and acceptance procedures by the shipowners
will also take place.
From December 2018, AIDAnova will begin its
maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands. Before those cruises get
underway, the new ship will come to Hamburg. On December 2, 2018, the
6,600-passenger vessel will visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe, after which
she will head for Gran Canaria.
Thanks to its four dual-fuel engines,
AIDAnova can be operated both in port and at sea with the currently most
environmentally friendly and lowest-emission fossil fuel.
For this reason, AIDAnova tops Nature And Biodiversity
Conservation Union’s (NABU) 2018 cruise ship ranking
 as the
ship does not use heavy fuel oil.
As explained, all the remaining 76 ships
which were checked, even eight out of nine new vessels coming into the market
this year, will continue to use HFO, according to the association.
World Maritime News.

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