Carnival's ships will be able to refuel using Shell's LNG Bunker Barge (Image: Shell LNG NA)
Shell NA LNG is to supply Carnival Cruise Line with LNG fuel for its first fully LNG-powered cruise ships, which will launch in North America in 2020 and 2022.
The two ships will be fuelled by Shell’s forthcoming LNG Bunker Barge, an ocean-going vessel designed to support growing cruise line demand for LNG as a marine fuel. This will be the first of its kind in the US and will allow Carnival’s newbuilds to refuel with LNG at ports along the southern US East Coast.
“This agreement is a significant stepping stone in our relationship with Carnival Corporation building upon our previous LNG marine fuel supply agreements in Europe,” said Tahir Faruqui, president of Shell NA LNG. “It also marks a milestone as we continue to establish the marine LNG fuel market in the US as a credible part of the global marine fuel mix.”
“Carnival Cruise Line is strongly committed to leading the way in the implementation of technology innovations to help protect the environment and support our aggressive sustainability goals,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Our two new cruise ships entering service in 2020 and 2022 will not only be the largest and most technologically advanced in our fleet but will break extraordinary new ground as the first LNG-powered cruise ships in North America.”