Costa Smeralda passes LNG propulsion tests

Costa Smeralda passes LNG propulsion tests
Costa Smeralda is the second cruise ship in the world to use LNG both in port and at sea (Image: Costa Cruises)

Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda has successfully completed technical sea trials carried out with LNG.

Beginning on 16 November, the ship underwent a series of tests that verified her systems, equipment and engines all operated correctly while using LNG. Following the test’s success, Costa Smerelda has become the second cruise ship in the world to use the fuel both in port and at sea. The first was AIDA Cruises’ AIDAnova.

“The fuelling of cruise ships with LNG is an innovation in which we were the first to believe five years ago when we ordered the Costa Smeralda, setting an example for the sector which has since been followed by other companies,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “It is a safe and reliable technology, which is currently the most effective and feasible solution to ensure a significant reduction in the environmental impact of cruise ships in port and at sea.”

Following the trials, Costa Smeralda returned to the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for interior outfitting. The ship will debut on 21 December and sail a maiden cruise from Savona, Italy to Marseille, France and Barcelona, Spain.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
26 November 2019

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