AIDA plans for hybrid cruise ships

Paul Gunton
ShipInsight

21 August 2019


AIDA Cruises and battery supplier Corvus Energy have announced their cooperation in accelerating electrification of the cruise industry in aproject that also involves ABB and Siemens. The first ship to be fitted with a battery should be in operation next year.

Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia said: "Our goal is the emissions-neutral ship operation. The electrification of our ships is another important milestone on this path. Thanks to the cooperation with Corvus Energy, already in a few month, AIDA Cruises is going to launch this innovative technology on a large cruise ship."

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“Following the introduction of low-emission LNG operations in cruise shipping, AIDA Cruises is now also stepping up into the practical use of electrical energy from battery storage systems on board large cruise ships. Thanks to the use of this technology, the consumption of fossil fuel will be reduced further and the efficiency of ship operations will be increased significantly. It is planned to incorporate the valuable experiences from this pilot operation of battery systems on board other AIDA and Costa cruise ships as well”.

The use of a battery system on an AIDA ship is another important step in the implementation of the "Green Cruising Strategy". Previously, by the end of 2018, AIDA Cruises had pioneered a technology leap forward with the launch of AIDAnova, the world's first cruise ship operating entirely on low-emission LNG (LNG). Just a few days ago, AIDA Cruises was awarded the Blue Angel, the German Federal Government’s ecolabel for AIDAnova’s environmentally friendly ship design. By 2023, two more AIDA LNG vessels will be put into service.

AIDA Cruises is also a trailblazer in many other areas. As early as the end of 2020, 12 of 14 AIDA cruise ships will be able to receive shore power where available. Since 2017, AIDAsol has been using the shore power plant in Hamburg-Altona in regular operation.

As part of its "Green Cruising Strategy", AIDA is also exploring the possibilities of CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources ("Power to Gas" project) or the use of fuel cells in cruise shipping. In cooperation with Meyer Werft shipyard and other partners the first fuel cell test is scheduled on board an AIDA ship.