As early as 2023, AIDA Cruises claims that 94% of all its guests will be sailing on ships that can be fully operated on LNG, or which can utilise green shore power in port.
After 10 years of research and development, the company successfully commissioned the AIDAnova in December last year – the world’s first cruise ship that operates fully on LNG.
By 2023, the company claims that it will add two more of these ships to its fleet, in addition to the eight other LNG-powered vessels on order for Carnival Corp. scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2025. In addition to this, AIDA Cruises is also retrofitting the ships in the existing fleet on an ongoing basis with state-of-the-art green technology. The use of LNG, shore power from renewable energy sources, the use of modern advanced air quality systems (AAQS), the reduction or complete elimination of plastic and disposable products, and the reduction of food waste on board are key issues that AIDA Cruises is tackling.
AIDA President, Felix Eichhorn, said: “As Germany’s market leader for cruises, we accept the ecological and social challenges that we face both now and in the future, and we are taking responsibility. Today we are already exploring together with our partners the use of fuel cells, batteries or liquefied gas from renewable sources in the cruise industry. We are committed to both the Paris climate targets and those of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Our long-term goal is clear: emission-neutral cruising.”
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/16072019/aida-cruises-reports-further-progress-on-road-to-emission-neutral-shipping/