Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement today with Shell Western LNG B. V. to be its supplier of marine liquefied natural gas. The company is currently building the world’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships for its brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises.
The two ships will be built with eco-friendly design in mind, and utilize Shell’s infrastructure in cruise ports to refuel throughout their itineraries. The duel-fuel engines using the LNG will help improve air quality with cleaner emissions, and will contribute to their ships being the most efficient in company history.
100 percent of the ships’ power will be LNG – not only at sea, but in ports too. The agreement builds on the partnership that AIDA Cruises and Shell forged in April, where their ship AIDAprima will be using LNG while in port. It’s the first cruise ship in the world to do so. The agreement also furthers Carnival Corporation’s efforts that began in 2015 with AIDAsol becoming the first cruise vessel in the world to be supplied with power by an LNG hybrid barge.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the company’s order in September of three new ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas. This brings their total to seven orders of these next-generation ships across four of its ten cruise lines around the world. Two will be for Carnival Cruise Line, one for P&O Cruises UK, and then the remaining two for Costa and AIDA.
The agreement also leaves room for Carnival and Shell to work together supplying marine LNG fuel to future vessels or additional itineraries.