A module of AIDA Cruises’ new ship, AIDAnova, was floated out at Meyer Werft’s shipyard Neptun Werft in Rostock on September 21.
As informed, this is the first of two floating parts, the so-called floating engine room units (FERU), which will be placed onto the river Warnow with a special lowering device and transported to Papenburg, where the ship is being built.
Earlier this month, a keel-laying ceremony for the new ship took place at Meyer Werft Papenburg.
With four dual-fuel engines, AIDAnova will be the first ship in the world able to use LNG both in port and on the open sea to generate 100 percent of their power, according to the company.
Measuring 120 meters in length and 42 meters in width, the first AIDAnova module, which is three decks high, will be shipped to Meyer Werft in Papenburg from September 25 to 28. The mega block will pass through the Kiel Fjord, visiting Brunsbüttel and Emden until arriving in Papenburg.
The 180,000 gross ton AIDAnova, scheduled for delivery in fall 2018, will be the 13th member in AIDA’s fleet. AIDA Cruises ordered the ship in summer 2015, as part of a deal for two next-generation cruise ships.
As part of its “Green Cruising” concept, AIDA Cruises aims at becoming the first cruise shipping company in the world with the capability to operate its new generation of ships using LNG completely.