Carnival Corporation & plc yesterday signed a framework agreement with Shell (Shell Western LNG B.V.) to be its supplier of marine LNG (liquefied natural gas) to power the first fully LNG-powered cruise ships in the world.
Under the framework agreement, Shell will initially supply Carnival Corp.’s AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands with fuel for a couple of new LNG-powered ships expected to launch in 2019 with itineraries visiting popular northwest European and Mediterranean ports.
As part of the agreement, these two ships, built with Carnival Corporation’s next-generation “green cruising” ship design, will utilize Shell’s infrastructure in cruise ports to refuel with LNG throughout their itineraries.
The vessels, equipped with dual-fuel engines, are the first of a new generation of cruise ships fully powered by LNG both while in port and at sea — an industry first and an environmental breakthrough that will improve air quality with cleaner emissions and produce the most efficient ships in company history.
“We are committed to reducing our air emissions and improving air quality by evaluating new and established solutions such as LNG — an especially promising option because of its environmental and other benefits,” said Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation.
“We are proud to be on the forefront of advancing LNG as a fuel source for the cruise industry and creating an entirely new model for powering next-generation cruise ships. We look forward to a productive partnership with Shell, which has the experience and shared commitment to quality, safety and operational efficiency needed to help us bring this innovative LNG initiative to life with the first fully LNG-powered ships in the global cruise industry.”
Pioneering a new era in the use of alternative fuels that reduce air emissions, these ships will be the first in the cruise industry use LNG to generate 100 percent of the ship’s power both in port and on the open sea – an innovation that will significantly improve air quality to help protect the environment and support Carnival Corporation’s aggressive sustainability goals.
“We have been working closely with Carnival to get to this point in our commercial partnership,” said Lauran Wetemans, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG. “Working together from an early stage is critical in helping the transition to cleaner LNG cruising. This is a unique partnership that will contribute to a robust and reliable LNG fuel supply chain, along with opportunities for future growth.”
This agreement builds on the partnership established between Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises brand and Shell in April of this year to supply its AIDAprima ship with LNG to power the vessel while docked.
The AIDAprima is the first cruise ship in the world to use LNG while in port, leading to a major reduction in emissions. Carnival Corporation’s LNG efforts started in 2015 with AIDAsol - world's first ever LNG-powered cruise ship.