Meyer Werft Floats AIDAnova, the World’s First LNG-Powered Cruise Ship

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has floated out the world's first LNG-powered cruise ship from its covered construction dock in Papenburg. The float-out of AIDAnova took place Tuesday evening from the shipbuilder's 504-meter building dock II. The vessel was then berthed at the outfitting pier, where its mast and funnel cladding will be fitted. AIDAnova is scheduled to … [Read more...]

Mitsubishi Heavy to Shrink Shipbuilding Operations -Report

TOKYO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is planning to stop taking new orders for large passenger ships, downsizing its shipbuilding operations due to a slump in orders, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday. The plans by Japan's fourth-largest shipbuilder come as new shipbuilding orders have declined 80 percent so far this year, the Nikkei said. … [Read more...]

Watch: Cruise Ship AIDAPrima Construction Time-Lapse

Nicely done time-lapse showing the construction, float out, and christening of the new 124,100-ton AidaPrima cruise ship. The AidaPrima was delivered in March by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and is known for being the first cruise ship in the world to be equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) *while in port, as well as the first … [Read more...]

AIDAprima, World’s First Dual-Fuel Cruise Ship, Christened in Germany

Aida Cruises' new flagship AIDAprima was christened in Germany over the weekend in a grand ceremony taking place during the Port of Hamburg's 827th anniversary celebration. AIDAprima was launched as the Aida's most environmentally friendly ship and the first cruise ship in the world to be equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). On … [Read more...]