Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Aida Cruises News

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Steel Cut for World's First LNG Cruise Liner

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 (LNG). 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.

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Meyer Werft Begins LNG Cruise Ship Build for AIDA

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for AIDAnova, set to become the first cruise ship worldwide that will operate both at sea and in port fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). With AIDAnova’s first building block lowered into place on September 6, 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc officially marked the start of construction of seven fully LNG powered cruise ships due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2022 for four of its 10 cruise ship brands. The seven vessels for Carnival Cruise Lines…

MHI has previous experience in building cruise ships. Pictured here is the 113,000 gt Diamond Princess. (Photo: MHI)

Mitsubishi Strikes Deal with Carnival Corp. to Build Two Cruise Ships

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced the company has reached an agreement, and signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA), with Carnival Corporation & plc calling for the construction of two new 125,000-ton cruise ships for its AIDA Cruises brand. The ships will be the largest ever constructed for this cruise line. Delivery for these two 3,250 passenger ships is scheduled in March 2015 and March 2016. The MoA is subject to execution of definitive agreements, financing and other customary closing conditions.

MHI MALS 'Air Carpet': Image credit MHI

MHI 'Air-Carpet' – First Order for a Cruise Ship

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will install its innovative "Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System" (MALS) on two large cruise ships to be built for the AIDA Cruises, a German brand of Carnival Corporation. MALS is MHI's proprietary technology that reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) by a layer of air bubbles blown out from the vessel's bottom. The application of the MALS for the two cruise ships ordered by AIDA Cruises was decided by their keen interest in lowering fuel consumption and easing the burden on the environment.

Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Turku, Finland (Photo: Meyer Werft)

Carnival’s Costa Brand Orders Two LNG Cruise Ships

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that its Italian brand, Costa Cruises, has placed orders for two new cruise ships as part of an agreement with Meyer Werft to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world. Today’s announcement follows one from Carnival Corporation in June indicating that the other two ships included in this multibillion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises. The four-ship contract with…

AIDA's new cruise ship representation: Image courtesy of TGE Marine

TGE Marine LNG Fuel Systems for New AIDA Cruise Ships

TGE Marine to deliver two complete environmentally friendly LNG fuel systems for the next generation of AIDA cruise ships under construction in Japan. The contract has been awarded to TGE Marine Gas Engineering by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for installation in the two new ships currently being built for Carnival subsidiary AIDA Cruises of Rostock, Germany. The 124,500 dwt ships will be delivered in 2015 and 2016 and will be the first cruise vessels in the world fitted with dual fuel engines…

AIDAprima sailing to Hamburg (Photo: MHI)

MHI Delivers AIDAprima

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed delivery of the AIDAprima, the first of two large cruise ships being built for AIDA Cruises at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. A ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group, and Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises, representing the new owner, and Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO, and Yoichi Kujirai, Senior Executive Vice President and President/CEO of Commercial Aviation & Transportation Systems, representing MHI.

ABB EMMA Onboard Tracker - Main View

ABB to Equip Entire AIDA Fleet with SEEMP

ABB will deliver energy monitoring and management system EMMA to German-based cruise operator AIDA’s entire fleet consisting of 10 vessels. The EMMA advisory suite, already installed on six of AIDA’s cruise ships, is a decision-support tool to minimize the overall energy costs for individual vessels and entire fleets. AIDA’s installation of the SEEMP-compliant (ship energy efficiency management plan) EMMA will cover seven top-level categories: propulsion power, propulsion efficiency…

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German Cruise Upgrades with Rolls-Royce Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Plc won a contract to supply its Promas Lite propulsion system to German based company AIDA Cruises as part of a technical upgrade of their Sphinx series cruise ships. Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and maneuverability, and is designed specifically for retrofitting to existing ships. AIDA Cruises, part of the Carnival Group, will install Promas Lite on their AidaSol cruise ship during dry docking in December this year.

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round, from May 3 onwards visiting Southampton on Mondays as part of seven-day cruises to Western European cities from Hamburg. From April 30, 2016 Hamburg will be the departure and arrival port for seven-day round trips to cities such as London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

AIDAprima during her christening ceremony in Hamburg (Photo: Carnival Corporation & plc)

AIDAprima Christened in Hamburg

Carnival Corporation & plc officially welcomed its fleet’s newest ship with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for Carnival’s German-based brand AIDA Cruises. AIDAprima made its debut with a light show and naming ceremony witnessed in person by 1.6 million visitors at the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary. AIDAprima launched as the corporation’s most environmentally friendly ship, equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) while in port and at sea.

Dr. Monika Griefahn, Chief Sustainable Officer AIDA Cruises. (Photo: (c) AIDA Cruises)

Innovative Cruise Ship Hosts LNG Conference

As part of the international trade conference "Making LNG Happen: Combining Forces for Sustainable Shipping," 80 representatives from the fields of business, politics and science visited the cruise ship AIDAprima in Rotterdam on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The guests included Dirk Brengelmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Netherlands and his Norwegian colleague Martin Sørby. Hosting the event onboard AIDAprima was symbolic and significant, AIDAprima was the first cruise ship in the world that uses a dual-fuel engine to produce its energy from LNG while docked at port.

M46DF Engine: Photo credit Caterpillar

Caterpillar Ships First MaK Dual Fuel Engine

The M 46 DF, Caterpillar’s first marine dual fuel engine, will power a Japan newbuild cruise ship ordered by Germany’s AIDA cruises. The engine has left the MaK Rostock, Germany facility en route to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan for installation. “We’re pleased to deliver our first dual fuel marine product to AIDA cruise lines, a longtime collaborator and partner” said Detlef Kirste, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems Senior Product Definition Engineer. Able to alternate from gas to diesel mode during operation…

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald

Carnival Corp. to Invest $400m in Scrubber Technology

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald announced that Carnival will significantly extend its installation of exhaust gas cleaning technology, investing $400m in the coming three years to install the technology on 70 ships across its brand, a significant jump from the 32 announced last year. Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) is the world’s largest cruise company, and Donald stressed that it is the company’s intention to use “communication, collaboration and cooperation” across its 10 brands to both build revenue generation opportunities…

3D Illustration of the LNG Hybrid Barge

Keel Laid for First LNG Hybrid Barge

The keel laying of the world’s first LNG hybrid barge took place at a ceremony held at the SAM Shipbuilding & Machinery shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia. In the presence of representatives of the shipyard, AIDA Cruises, Becker Marine Systems and Hybrid Port Energy (a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems and the barge shipping company), the laying of the keel was carried out following the tradition of placing a coin on the keel block prior to lowering the first section. The start of cooperation between Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises preceded this keel-laying in the summer of 2012…

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First Pieces of Scrubber System Fitted on AIDAluna

AIDAluna left the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg yesterday after extensive maintenance work was carried out from April 26 to May 5, 2014. Work on the cruise ship included among others the installation of the first elements of a comprehensive filter system with which AIDA Cruises is gradually fitting out its fleet. The system for the treatment of exhaust gas emissions, which was developed within the Carnival Group, uses a new technology built in a compact form making it possible to technically integrate all of the main cleaning stages for the first time.

Photo courtesy Siemens Industry Solutions Division

Seventh AIDA Ship to Sail with Siemens Technology

Siemens Industry Solutions Division has received an order from the Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to equip another club ship for the AIDA Cruises shipping company with diesel-electric propulsion systems, and power generation and distribution systems. The scope of supply also includes the automation equipment which will control and monitor all the on-board functions. The value of this order lies in the lower double-digit million euro range. When the new passenger ship comes into service in the spring of 2013, it will be the seventh AIDA ship to be equipped with Siemens technology.

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Carnival Corp on Target to Cut GHG Emissions 20%

In honor of Earth Day and the importance of year-round environmental awareness, cruise ship company Carnival Corporation & plc says it will meet its goal to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent. This goal was established by the company as part of Carnival's ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact from its operations. "Carnival has made the amount of GHG emissions released an indicator of our environmental improvement…