Carnival Corp. & plc has announced that it has signed a framework agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V., under which Shell will supply LNG for Carnival Corp.’s LNG-powered cruise ships.
Under the agreement, the vessels will use Shell’s infrastructure in cruise ports to refuel. Both ships are expected to launch in 2019, and will visit popular Northwest European and Mediterranean ports.
Both vessels will be built with Carnival’s next generation ‘green cruising’ ship design, will be equipped with dual-fuel engines, and will be powered by LNG both in port and at sea.
The Senior Vice President of Maritime Affairs for Carnival Corp., Tom Strang, said: “We are committed to reducing our air emissions and improving air quality by evaluating new and established solutions such as LNG – an especially promising option because of its environmental and other benefits.
“We are proud to be on the forefront of advancing LNG as a fuel source for the cruise industry and creating an entirely new model for powering next-generation cruise ships. We look forward to a productive partnership with Shell, which has the experience and shared commitment to quality, safety and operational efficiency needed to help us bring this innovative LNG initiative to life with the first fully LNG-powered ships in the global cruise industry."
Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG, Lauran Wetemans, added: “We have been working closely with Carnival to get to this point in our commercial partnership.
"Working together from an early stage is critical in helping the transition to cleaner LNG cruising. This is a unique partnership that will contribute to a robust and reliable LNG fuel supply chain, along with opportunities for future growth."
As part of the framework agreement, both parties have the opportunity to work together on supplying LNG as a marine fuel to future LNG-powered vessels or additional itineraries. The overarching agreement allows each of Carnival Corp.’s brands to negotiate its own LNG supply contracts with Shell as new LNG-powered cruise ships launch in the coming years.
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