Carnival Corporation’s AIDAnova, operated by its Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand, today became the first LNG fueled cruise to visit Barcelona, Spain —and the first to be fueled with LNG in the Mediterranean.
On arrival in Barcelona, Europe’s biggest cruise port, AIDAnova was fueled with LNG by Anthony Veder’s LNG bunkering vessel Coral Methane.
Barcelona is the second start-and-end destination for AIDAnova’s seven-day cruises in the Mediterranean. With Carnival Corporation’s partnership with Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell), the cruise ship will now be regularly supplied with LNG at the Spanish port.
Commissioned on Dec. 12, 2008, AIDAnova is powered by four Caterpillar MaK M 46 DF dual-fuel engines and has three gas tanks on board. Two of the tanks each have a length of around 35 meters, a diameter of 8 meters and a capacity of 1,550 cubic meters. A third, smaller tank with a diameter of 5 meters, is 28 meters long and has a capacity of approximately 520 cubic meters.