Costa Smeralda, the second unit in a series of LNG powered 180 000 gross tons ships for four brands of Carnival Corporation & plc group, will be floated out at Meyer Turku in Finland today.
The ship is due to be Costa Cruises in and it will be the first LNG powered cruise ship in the Costa fleet.
“With LNG a breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector. Costa Group is the market leader in Europe and China, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a key part of our industry leadership” says Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.
Meyer Turku has been leading the LNG revolution in ship building for several years now, with already two LNG powered ships delivered.
“We have been very excited to bring our expertise in designing, engineering and construction of LNG ships in service for Costa Smeralda. This ship is also going to be a step up in ship size for us, as we are continuing our production ramp-up to two times the level of previous high for the shipyard”, CEO of Meyer Turku, Jan Meyer, says.
In addition to Costa Cruises, the same platform will be shared by Carnival group members AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line.