The German operator AIDA Kreuzfahrten has introduced its new flagship into service, almost a year later than planned, following delivery from Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki on 11 March. The Italian-flagged Aidaprima (2016/124,500gt) is claimed to be the most environmentally-friendly cruise ship in the world.
The 3,300-passenger vessel is powered by a pair of Caterpillar-MaK dual fuel medium speed engines which can burn natural gas, heavy fuel oil or marine gas oil. When alongside in port the ship will use LNG, which is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. Alternatively, she is fitted with an exhaust gas treatment system, which removes up to 99% of particulates, NOx and SOx emissions. Another industry-first is the installation of Mitsubishi’s propriatorey Air Lubrication System, which pumps air underneath the hull to reduce friction resistance as the ship sails through the water.
AIDA’s 11th vessel will be christened on 7 May to coincide with the 827th anniversary of the port of Hamburg, from where she will operate a year round weekly itinerary to Southampton, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.