Carnival Corporation’s Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand and numerous representatives from politics, port-related businesses and tourism celebrated the first-time arrival of the world's first cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Barcelona on 26 April.
Upon arrival in Europe's biggest cruise port, AIDAnova – the newest vessel from AIDA Cruises, Germany's leader in cruising – was fuelled for the first time in the Mediterranean with LNG. Currently, alongside Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona is the second start-and- end destination for AIDAnova's seven-day cruises in the Mediterranean. With Carnival Corporation's partnership with Shell Western LNG (Shell), the cruise ship will be regularly supplied with LNG at the Spanish metropolis.
Commissioned on Dec. 12, 2008, with four dual-fuel engines and three gas tanks on board, AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship that will be operated in port and at sea with low-emission liquefied natural gas. Emissions of particulate matter and SOx are eliminated almost completely, while NOx and CO2 emissions are sustainably reduced. Two of the tanks each have a length of around 35m, a diameter of 8m and a capacity of 1,550m3. A third, smaller tank with a diameter of 5m, is 28m long and has a capacity of approximately 520m3.
It has been over 10 years since Carnival Corporation and AIDA Cruises started investing in LNG propulsion technology. Two additional ships of this new AIDA generation will join the AIDA fleet in 2021 and 2023. Carnival Corporation leads the industry with the adoption of LNG, with a total of 10 next-generation "green" cruise ships able to be powered by LNG in port and at sea on order with delivery dates between 2019 and 2025.
Until the beginning of November 2019, AIDAnova will be sailing seven-day cruises, calling at some of the Germans' most popular travel destinations in the Mediterranean – Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia (Florence), Marseille and Barcelona.