Costa Cruises finishes Italy’s very first LNG bunkering procedure


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Bunkering was accomplished with Coral Methane along with Costa Smeralda in the port ofLa Spezia [Image: Carnival Corporation]

Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises brand name reports one more landmark for Costa Smeralda, its very first ship sustained by melted gas (LNG). The Costa front runner’s bunkering with the gas on October 25 in the port of La Spezia was the very first such procedure in Italy.

The procedure was sustained by the Italian Coast Guard, the Port Authority of Eastern Ligurian Sea, regional authorities and also Shell, which is the LNG distributor companion for Costa Group and also Carnival Corporation.

The procedure accompanied the ship berthed at “Molo Garibaldi” pier, where the bunkering vessel Coral Methane was located along with (acquiesce bow) Costa Smeralda, under the guidance of the Italian Coast Guard and also in sychronisation with all celebrations entailed and also the teams of both ships.

“As part of our deep commitment to sustainability, we are proud to have our LNG-powered flagship Costa Smeralda mark this milestone for Italy and the port of La Spezia,” claimed Franco Porcellacchia, vice head of state of lasting advancement and also facilities growth forCosta Group “Carnival Corporation and Costa were the first cruise operator to invest in sustainable innovation with LNG-powered ship technology and we continue to be committed to ensuring the highest environmental standards for a more sustainable future of cruising.”

“With the LNG bunkering that took place in La Spezia, we also marked the 50th successful operation for a Costa Group ship,” claimed Tom Strang, elderly vice head of state of maritime events forCarnival Corporation “This is another important milestone that we have achieved by working together with our partners, as we continue to demonstrate Carnival Corporation’s commitment to sustainability and developing the most advanced fuel technologies available today. We are at the forefront of advancing LNG as a fuel source for the cruise industry and we are working to build an extensive, safe and reliable LNG infrastructure for cruise ships around the globe.”

“The goal of our working group was to implement appropriate rules and procedures to ensure the highest safety standards, starting with navigation, environmental protection, fire prevention and workplace safety,” claimed Giovanni Stella, captain ofLa Spezia Coast Guard “Every prescription adopted was duly observed and we are particularly satisfied that the operation had a regular evolution. Thanks to this positive experience, we believe that other maritime authorities can implement the regulation we have defined in order to increase the LNG distribution infrastructure in Italian ports, as indicated by the Italian and European regulations.”

“A very important milestone was reached for the first time in our country, once again right in the port of La Spezia,” claimed Carla Roncallo, head of state of the Port Authority ofEastern Ligurian Sea “I would like to thank in particular the La Spezia Coast Guard and the Maritime Directorate of Liguria, who together with Costa Cruises made this operation possible, always keeping safety at the first place.”

Costa Smeralda is the very first LNG-powered ship in the Costa Cruises fleet, and also will certainly be adhered to by Costa Toscana, the sibling LNG ship arranged to be supplied in late 2021. Another LNG ship, AIDAnova from AIDA Cruises, has actually been running within the Costa Group fleet considering that 2018 and also she will certainly be adhered to by various other 2 sibling vessels by 2023.

Elsewhere in the general Carnival Corporation fleet, a 3rd LNG-powered ship, the Iona, was lately supplied to P&O Cruises U.K.

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