Meyer Werft pushes back delivery of world’s 1st LNG-powered cruise ship again

German shipyard Meyer Werft said on Friday it has once more pushed back the delivery of the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled cruise ship AIDAnova.

The vessel is owned by Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises.

To remind, Meyer Werft said in October that the delivery of AIDAnova would be delayed as the shipyard required more time for commissioning and testing of this prototype LNG-powered ship.

The shipyard said then that the LNG-powered ship was still on schedule to sail its maiden voyage on December 2 from Hamburg to the Canary Islands.

In its latest statement, Meyer Werft said that the shipyard “is working hard to complete all work and testing by November 30.”

The ship is now expected to be handed over to Aida Cruises in December and will be available on December 19 in Tenerife for the first passengers, according to Meyer Werft.

AIDAnova will leave Groningen’s Eemshaven in the Netherlands on November 16 for more sea trials in North Sea, the shipyard added.

The ship has over 2,600 passenger cabins, with a gross tonnage of over 180,000, a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters.

It is the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by LNG both at sea and in port.

Two further AIDA ships of this new generation will be built by 2023 – also at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.


LNG World News Staff

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