“AIDAcosma” baptized in Hamburg | NDR.de – News

Status: 09/04/2022 22:20

The youngest cruise ship of the shipping company AIDA, the “AIDACosma”, was christened in the port of Hamburg on Saturday evening. The vessel is considered one of the most innovative of its kind due to its liquid gas propulsion.

The cruise giant’s godmother was Kristina Vogel. The two-time Olympic track cycling champion has been paralyzed since a training accident in 2018. During the ceremony, the ship was at the Steinwerder cruise terminal on Saturday evening. A light show illuminated large parts of the harbor. Shortly before midnight, the “Aidacosma” was to make a lap of honor in the harbor at the Elbe Philharmonic before heading for the Mediterranean.

THE AUDIO: Baptism of the “AIDAcosma” (1 min)

The 337 meter long “AIDAcosma” can accommodate more than 6,000 guests on board. The special feature of the ship, which was built at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg: it is one of the few in the world that can run entirely on liquefied natural gas (LNG). It emits far fewer emissions than other cruise ships. The environmental organization NABU criticizes the fact that it is still a fossil fuel.

Like the “AIDAnova”, the “AIDAcosma” is one of a total of nine “Helios” class LNG cruise ships that the American parent company Aida Carnival had ordered from Meyer shipyards. The “AIDAcosma” has been in service since February.

Less polluting propulsion

In maritime transport, LNG propulsion is considered a transition technology towards climate neutrality. Compared to diesel engines, which still dominate, LNG engines emit 15 to 25% less carbon dioxide. Nitrogen and fine dust are almost completely avoided.

What is LNG?

LNG is the abbreviation for Liquefied Natural Gas. It is currently the least emitting fossil fuel that can be used in maritime transport and heavy goods traffic. The natural gas is cooled to minus 162 degrees Celsius and thus liquefied. Since it is only about one-six hundredth the volume of gaseous natural gas, it can be loaded into large tank trucks and transported long distances by ship or truck – independent of pipelines. Compared to diesel engines in particular, modern LNG-powered engines emit less CO2, around 20% less in ship and truck traffic. The emission of sulfur oxides and soot particles is completely avoided. However, the investment costs for a ship with an additional LNG engine are 20-30% higher than for a conventional ship propulsion system. Source: Federal Ministry of Economics

Further information

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The “AIDAcosma” left Hamburg for its first cruise. The vessel is powered by liquefied natural gas. (26/02/2022) more

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