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World’s 1st LNG-fueled Ship christened

The world’s first cruise ship that can be
powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) both at sea and in port,
AIDAnova, was christened on August 31 at Meyer Werft  shipyard in

The 180,000-ton vessel was floated out from
Meyer Werft’s building dock on August 21. Featuring a length of 337 meters and
a width of 42 meters, AIDAnova will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.
“We are delighted that we were able to stage
the AIDA Open Air in Papenburg at the Meyer Werft shipyard, so that we could
share our enthusiasm about our new ship with so many people. At the same time,
this event was a thank-you to our partners, to the Meyer Werft shipyard, and to
the many thousands of people who have helped make AIDAnova what is already the
eighth AIDA cruise ship to be built on the Ems,”
 said AIDA President Felix Eichhorn.
For the first time it was not just one
godmother who named the ship but rather an entire family:  Sonja (31),
Asad (33) Mirza, and their children Sophia (2) and Adrian (3) from Hanau.
At the end of September, AIDAnova will be
going on its first short trip, setting sail for Eemshaven in the Netherlands
for final fit-out and sea trials. AIDA will take over the new ship from the
Meyer Werft shipyard on November 15, 2018, in Bremerhaven.
Two further AIDA ships of this new generation
will be built by 2023 by the Meyer Werft shipya
World Maritime News

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