Steel Cut for World's First LNG Cruise Liner

(Photo: AIDA Cruises)

By Eric Haun

German shipbuilder MEYER WERFT held a steel cutting ceremony on
February 21 in Papenburg marking the ceremonial start of
construction for the newest cruise liner for Rostock-based cruise
company AIDA Cruises. The new cruise ship will be the world's
first capable of operating completely on liquefied natural gas

Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises, pressed the start
button of the computer-controlled cutting machine to commence
work on the first steel plate for the next generation of AIDA
cruise ships. The first ship in this new class will be delivered
at the end of 2018, and the second in spring 2021.

With these two new vessels, AIDA will become the first cruise
shipping company in the world with the capability to operate its
ships using 100 percent LNG.

The ships will be powered by engines made by Caterpillar / MaK
which fulfill the strictest environmental regulations. Energy
efficiency was the key focus of the entire engineering work, the
shipbuilder said. The planning and design activities gave
priority to heat recovery, innovative electric motors, LED
lighting, ship automation geared to energy efficiency, optimized
underwater paintwork to reduce resistance, weight-optimized
material selection and many other topics.

"We are very pleased that we can break completely new
technological ground with AIDA in this way. AIDA and Carnival now
lead the way for establishing LNG as the fuel of the future,"
said Tim Meyer, CEO at MEYER WERFT.

"AIDA will be giving the German holiday market a completely new
impetus with the new Helios Class," said AIDA President Felix

The new ships are also equipped with features tailor-made for the
destination and for a first-class cruise experience. The ships
will set new standards, not only in terms of their 183,900 gross
tonnage and space for 2,500 cabins, but also in terms of design
and environmental compatibility.

The project continues AIDA's partnership with MEYER WERFT; from
2007 to 2013, the Papenburg shipyard produced seven Diva Class
cruise liners that operate today in the market for AIDA cruises.

Feb 24, 2017

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