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LNG-powered AIDAsol departs Hamburg for the Canary Islands

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Carnival Corp. has announced that its AIDAsol cruise ship has ended this year’s cruise season with its final departure from Hamburg, Germany, to the Canary Islands.

While it was anchored at HafenCity, the cruise ship received power from the LNG hybrid barge.

Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems, said: "The second year of the LNG hybrid barge's operations was also successful and comprehensive […] With AIDAsol docking a total of 16 times, the barge supplied more than 380 MW of electricity thus making a valuable contribution to improving air quality. Thanks to the good working relationship with the AIDA Cruises team, the environmentally friendly LNG hybrid barge has thus established itself as a modern and up-to-the-minute technology in the port of Hamburg.”

Dr Monika Griefahn, Chief Sustainability Officer at AIDA Cruises, added: "We believe in LNG as being the cleanest fossil fuel. The LNG hybrid barge allows ships fitted with a land power connection to be supplied with electricity from LNG. We are proud to have successfully concluded this pilot project with Becker Marine Systems and AIDAsol. This is an important contribution towards reduced emissions at the port."

Before arriving at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, AIDAsol will visit Dover (UK), Le Havre (France), Ferrol (Spain), Lisbon (Poirtugal), Funchal (Portugal)and Arrecife before arriving at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

AIDAsol will return to Hamburg on 21 April 2017.

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