Costa Cruises Completes LNG Bunkering Operation in Italy

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Leading cruise line in Europe Costa Cruises announced another milestone for Costa Smeralda, the line’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas, with an LNG bunkering operation successfully performed on October 25 for the first time in Italy. Carried out in the port of La Spezia and completed at 6 pm, the operation was supported by the Italian Coast Guard, Port Authority of Eastern Ligurian Sea, local authorities and Shell, which is the LNG supplier partner for Costa Group and its parent company, Carnival Corporation. The operation took place with the ship berthed at “Molo Garibaldi” pier, where the bunkering vessel Coral Methane was positioned alongside (bow to bow) Costa Smeralda, under the supervision of the Italian Coast Guard and in coordination with all parties involved and the crews of Costa Smeralda and Coral Methane.

Costa Smeralda is the first LNG-powered ship in the Costa fleet, and will be followed by Costa Toscana, the sister LNG ship to be delivered in the last quarter of 2021. Another LNG ship, AIDAnova, has been operating within the Costa Group fleet since 2018 and she will be followed by other two sister vessels by 2023.

As part of the overall Carnival Corporation fleet, a third LNG-powered ship, P&O Cruises UK’s Iona, was recently delivered. LNG, the marine industry’s most advanced fuel technology to eliminate sulfur and improve air emissions, significantly improves overall air emissions with the virtual elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and a 95 to 100% reduction in particulate matter. The use of LNG also significantly reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide by 85% and 20%, respectively.

Source : Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru

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