Construction of LNG-powered cruise ship Costa Cruises NB-1394 begins at Meyer Turku shipyard
The steel cutting ceremony for the first of two Costa Cruises ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) was held today 13.9.2017 at Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland. The ship will sail to the seas in October 2019 with a sister ship following in 2021.
Costa Cruises’ president Neil Palomba has announced today that newbuild NB-1394 will be named Costa Smeralda and adds:
“The two new Costa Cruises ships are a true innovation and set new standards for the entire sector. They will be among the first cruise ships powered by LNG, spurring the development of this green technology.”
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer is very happy to see the ship slowly starting to get physical shape.
“In the last two years, we have had very intense design collaboration with our customer and the outcome is a really fresh and new design fused with the latest of technology. We are happy to bring our experience with building LNG powered passenger ships to bear. Today is a very special moment in shipbuilding, when all the ideas, creativity, technology and signature design that is going into Costa’s new ships, are finally starting to become reality,” comments CEO Jan Meyer.
New production facilities for new ships
Costa Cruises ships will be partially build by new machinery and building processes of Meyer Turku. With an investments plan of 185 million euros, Meyer Turku is aiming to be the world’s most modern cruise ship yard.
“These new facilities will prepare us for the increasing international competition. 183 900 GT Costa Smeralda is also a step up in ship size – we need the new facilities to answer to the demand of our customers and to increase our competitiveness for the future,” CEO Jan Meyer says.
Costa Cruises NB-1394 “Costa Smeralda”
Delivery: 2019 (sister ship in 2021)
Width: 42 m
Draught max: approx. 8.8m
Gross Tonnage: 183,900
Passenger cabins: 2610
Total passengers: approx. 6554
Balcony cabin ratio: 63,7%
Total crew: 1646
Service speed: 17kn
No. of main engines: 4
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Meyer Turku Oy is one of the leading European shipbuilding companies owned by Meyer Werft (70 %) and Finnish State through Teollisuussijoitus (30 %). The company’s shipyard in Turku employs 1,350 people and specializes in building cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. The subsidiaries of Meyer Turku are Piikkio Works Oy, which is a Cabin Factory in Piikkiö, Shipbuilding Completion Oy, which provides turnkey solutions to public spaces in ships, and ENG´nD Oy, which is an engineering company offering services for shipbuilding and offshore.