AIDA Cruises Begins LNG Operation in the Mediterranean

By ,   November 29, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Following first successful tests, cruise company AIDA begins gradually over the next weeks with regular operations for supplying its AIDAperla with low-emission LNG (liquefied natural gas) while docked at ports of Barcelona, Marseille and Civitavecchia. The company is currently in discussion with authorities in Palma de Mallorca.

A cruise ship on average spends 40% of its operating time while docked in port. Due to the use of dual-fuel engine, AIDAperla is able to produce the power she requires while in port from LNG.

AIDAperla cruise ship

Via the use of LNG to supply onboard power, nitrogen oxides' emission is reduced by up to 80%, carbon dioxide emissions cut by further 20%. Sulfur oxides and particulate matter are almost entirely eliminated.

AIDA Cruises is taking the next step from fall 2018 through the commissioning of AIDAnova. Line's new generation of ships will entirely operate with LNG – both at sea and in port. A 2nd, twin ship will reinforce the fleet from early 2021.