Carnival enlists Meyer for LNG cruise ships

Two vesels for AIDA Cruises will be built at Meyer Werft's yard in Papenburg (pictured), with the remaining vessels to be built in Turku Two vesels for AIDA Cruises will be built at Meyer Werft's yard in Papenburg (pictured), with the remaining vessels to be built in Turku

Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku are to build the first cruise ships to be powered by LNG at sea under a multi-billion euro contract with Carnival Corporation for four 180,000gt cruise ships.

According to the shipyard company the ships – two for AIDA Cruises built in Papenburg and two others at Turku – will feature a ‘revolutionary’ green cruising design and be the first cruise vessels to be powered at sea by LNG (several ships already generate power from LNG when at port).

Dual-fuel hybrid engines will power the ships at both port and sea, with power while sailing generated entirely from LNG.

The ships will also have the biggest ever passenger capacity for cruise vessels, a total of 6,600 passengers and 5,000 lower berths, as a result of a new space saving layout.

Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation said: “At a cost per berth in line with our existing order book, these new ships will enhance the return profile of our fleet. These are exceptionally efficient ships with incredible cabins and public spaces featuring a design inspired by Micky Arison [chairman, Carnival Corp] and Michael Thamm [CEO, Costa Group] and developed by our new build teams.".

Bernard Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft, commented: “In past years, we have built seven highly successful ships for AIDA Cruises. We are honoured that Carnival Corporation has entrusted us with the implementation of this ambitious shipbuilding programme, and we look forward to building these four ground breaking ships”.

Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku added: “This order is very important for us at Turku yard, since it provides us and our specialised maritime subcontractors with the long sought-after stability that allows us all to develop and improve our operations.

“With these ships we are again pushing the limits in many respects. We can and need to use the newly gained long-term stability to prepare ourselves well in order to meet the demands of these challenging projects.”

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