The first cruise ships propelled by LNG will start arriving this year at the Port of Barcelona. This was announced by the president of the Catalan port Mercè Conesa, during the press conference that took place at the Seatrade Cruise Global, the main cruise ship fair in the world that was held this month in Miami.
The Aida Nova will be the first ship that runs on this alternative fuel that in April will make its first staircase in the Catalan capital, and will continue to visit this city throughout the season. The second ship will be the Costa Smeralda, which will arrive in October.
“We have developed several initiatives to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative mobility fuel to effectively reduce the polluting emissions of ships. This is one of the axes that we are working to attract the arrival of the most modern and environmentally advanced ships to Barcelona,” said Conesa.
As discussed at the Seatrade Cruise Global fair, the cruise industry is betting on LNG as an alternative fuel, since it reduces NOx emissions by 80% and completely eliminates sulfur oxides and suspended particles. In fact, besides the three cruise ships that already operate with LNG, there are a total of 20 more vessels under construction or commissioned in shipyards in the world, which will enter into service between 2020 and 2026.
The Port of Barcelona is strongly committed to the promotion of natural gas as marine fuel in the Iberian Peninsula, a region that has experienced great growth in the adoption of clean energy mobility. In this extremely encouraging scenario, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, Madrid. It will be an event consisting of first level conferences and exhibition of vehicles of all kinds, refueling stations, components, plants, road and marine engines, as well as the entire universe of the alternative fuels industry with the latest technological developments, multiple options for networking, business and new advances. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Source: Port of Barcelona