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Keel-laying ceremony for AIDAnova

Friday, 08 Sep 2017

The keel for the first of Carnival Corporation’s next generation of LNG-powered vessels has been laid at Meyer Werft in Papenburg.

The first steel block for AIDAnova weighs about 120 tonnes, is approximately 5m wide, 8.20m high and 21m long

The AIDAnova is the first of two new ships for the German cruise company AIDA Cruises. Carnival Corporation has ordered a further five ships in Papenburg and Turku. The AIDA vessels with a volume of more than 183,900gt and capacity for more than 2,500 cabins each will be reinforcing the AIDA fleet at the end of 2018 and 2021, respectively. They will be powered by four low-emission LNG engines by Caterpillar both for shipping and hotel operations. The ships’ power plant was built at Neptun Werft in Warnemünde.
"We are very grateful to Carnival Corporation and AIDA Cruises for the trust they have placed in our shipyard and for their pioneering decision to use LNG technology. The corresponding infrastructure is now being implemented in numerous ports. Carnival has thus taken a decision for the good of the environment that is of great significance for the cruise industry", said Bernard Meyer, managing director of Meyer Werft.
AIDAnova will leave Papenburg in autumn 2018 for the North Sea and will then be handed over to the cruise company after its sea trials.