Costa steel cutting
CONSTRUCTION is underway on Costa Smeralda, the first of two Costa Cruises ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - touted as “the cleanest burning fossil fuel”.
A steel cutting ceremony was held for the vessel yesterday at a Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, with the unit set to enter service from Oct 2019. The 6,600-passenger Costa
Smeralda will sail in the Western Mediterranean and bookings are scheduled to open early 2018. A sister ship to Costa
Smeralda, will be delivered by Meyer Turku in 2021.
Parent company of Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation, currently has a total of seven LNG-powered ships on order, starting with AIDA Cruises’
AIDAnova, due in 2018 ( CW 07 Sep).