Costa Cruises have unveiled their new ship – Costa Smeralda, the first ship in their fleet powered solely by LNG.
LNG is the marine industry’s most advanced fuel technology. Furthermore, it is part of a new initiative to reduce environmental impact of cruise ships.
Liquified natural gas is naturally clear, non-toxic and odorless. LNG tanks are extremely fuel efficient whilst also being light in weight.
The ceremony in which the ship was revealed took place today at the Meyer shipyard in Finland.
Costa Smeralda is part of the Costa Groups plan to launch seven new ships by 2023. The Costa Group consists of Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia. Notably, five of the seven ships will be powered by LNG.
LNG has been a huge development in reducing negative effects on the environment. In addition, it significantly improves air quality.
President of Costa Cruises, Neil Palomba, says:
“Costa Smeralda will be a further boost to the use of LNG in cruise ships, a technology we were the first to believe in, setting a new course in the cruise sector. Our Costa Group has invested in the construction of five new LNG ships as part of our leadership in sustainable tourism. It is an innovation in the cruise and overall shipping industries, destined to mark a step change as it guarantees a significant reduction in our environmental impact without compromising the safety aspects that are an essential priority for us.
“Costa Smeralda is a significant product innovation as well, with Italian hospitality remaining a fundamental and distinctive element of our brand, able to enchant and excite not only new cruise passengers but also more experienced ones.”
Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, commented:
“We have used all our knowledge, skills and imagination to design and build this ship. I would especially like to mention the Colosseo, a three-deck open area in the middle of the ship with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology inside which required a specific design and building capabilities. We are looking forward to the passengers enjoying some exceptional shows and performances there.”
Costa Smeralda is scheduled to leave the shipyard tomorrow for the Mediterranean. During the voyage, three presentations with travel agents will take place to demonstrate the beauty of the ship.
In addition to the LNG, the ship boasts a handful of innovations designed to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible.
For instance, the daily water requirement is achieved directly from the ocean thanks to the desalination systems on board. Furthermore, energy consumption is reduced through the LED lights aboard the ship.
The Costa Smeralda is also dedicated to reducing food waste and recovering the surplus for social purposes.
The ship was a project led by Adam D. Tihany, who wanted to create an atmosphere which would be unmissable for guests. On board Costa Smeralda will be the first museum to ever be on a cruise ship.