GENOA, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Costa Cruises, the main cruise line in Europe and part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise firm, right this moment introduced one other milestone for Costa Smeralda, the road’s first ship powered by liquefied pure fuel (LNG), with an LNG bunkering operation efficiently carried out on October 25 for the primary time in Italy. Carried out within the port of La Spezia and accomplished at 6:00 pm, the operation was supported by the Italian Coast Guard, Port Authority of Japanese Ligurian Sea, native authorities and Shell, which is the LNG provider accomplice for Costa Group and its mum or dad firm, Carnival Company.
The operation befell with the ship berthed at “Molo Garibaldi” pier, the place the bunkering vessel Coral Methane was positioned alongside (bow to bow) Costa Smeralda, below the supervision of the Italian Coast Guard and in coordination with all events concerned and the crews of Costa Smeralda and Coral Methane.
“As a part of our deep dedication to sustainability, we’re proud to have our LNG-powered flagship Costa Smeralda mark this milestone for Italy and the port of La Spezia,” mentioned Franco Porcellacchia, vice chairman of sustainable innovation and infrastructure improvement for Costa Group. “Carnival Company and Costa had been the primary cruise operator to put money into sustainable innovation with LNG-powered ship know-how and we proceed to be dedicated to making sure the very best environmental requirements for a extra sustainable way forward for cruising.”
“With the LNG bunkering that befell in La Spezia, we additionally marked the 50th profitable operation for a Costa Group ship,” mentioned Tom Strang, senior vice chairman of maritime affairs for Carnival Company. “That is one other vital milestone that now we have achieved by working along with our companions, as we proceed to show Carnival Company’s dedication to sustainability and growing probably the most superior gasoline applied sciences accessible right this moment. We’re on the forefront of advancing LNG as a gasoline supply for the cruise trade and we’re working to construct an intensive, secure and dependable LNG infrastructure for cruise ships across the globe.”
“The aim of our working group was to implement acceptable guidelines and procedures to make sure the very best security requirements, beginning with navigation, environmental safety, hearth prevention and office security,” mentioned Giovanni Stella, captain of La Spezia Coast Guard. “Each prescription adopted was duly noticed and we’re notably happy that the operation had a daily evolution. Due to this constructive expertise, we imagine that different maritime authorities can implement the regulation now we have outlined with a purpose to improve the LNG distribution infrastructure in Italian ports, as indicated by the Italian and European laws.”
“An important milestone was reached for the primary time in our nation, as soon as once more proper within the port of La Spezia,” mentioned Carla Roncallo, president of the Port Authority of Japanese Ligurian Sea. “I wish to thank particularly the La Spezia Coast Guard and the Maritime Directorate of Liguria, who along with Costa Cruises made this operation attainable, at all times conserving security on the first place.”
Costa Smeralda is the primary LNG-powered ship within the Costa Cruises fleet, and shall be adopted by Costa Toscana, the sister LNG ship scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. One other LNG ship, AIDAnova from AIDA Cruises, has been working throughout the Costa Group fleet since 2018 and she or he shall be adopted by different two sister vessels by 2023.
As a part of the general Carnival Company fleet, a 3rd LNG-powered ship, P&O Cruises UK’s Iona, was just lately delivered. LNG, the marine trade’s most superior gasoline know-how, considerably improves total air emissions with the digital elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and a 95% to 100% discount in particulate matter. Using LNG additionally considerably reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide by 85% and 20%, respectively.