Monday, June 15, 2015

Carnival Corp. Orders 4 LNG Ships

By Mark Edward Nero

Pleasure cruise company Carnival Corp. announced June 15 it has signed a multi-billion dollar contract with German shipyard Meyer Werft to build four liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships that, Carnival says, would have the largest guest capacity in the world.

Carnival says the four new ships will be the first in the cruise industry to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and on the open sea. LNG would be stored onboard and used to generate 100 percent power at sea – producing another industry-first innovation for Carnival Corporation and its brands.

Using LNG to power the ships in port and at sea is expected to eliminate emissions of soot particles and sulfur oxides.

Carnival said two of the ships would be manufactured at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and the other two would be built at its Turku, Finland location.

“We are honored that Carnival Corp. has entrusted us with the implementation of this ambitious shipbuilding program, and we look forward to building these four magnificent ships,” Meyer Werft CEO Bernard Meyer said.

Each of the four next-generation ships would have a total capacity of 6,600 guests; over 5,000 lower berths; exceed 180,000 gross tons; and incorporate “an extensive number of guest-friendly features,” according to the cruise company.

Additional information about the ships, including which new ships will be added to each brand, would be made available at a later date, Carnival said.

“It will be exciting to see our shipbuilding team bring these new ships to life,” Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said. “Every step of the way, our focus is on designing state-of-the-art ships that provide a vacation experience our guests will love, and we are putting all of our creative energy and resources into making sure we achieve that goal.”