Costa Cruises’ LNG-powered newbuild sets out for sea trials

The LNG-powered Costa Toscana, owned by Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises, has left the Meyer Turku yard in Finland for its sea trials.

The 185,000 GT vessel left the yard on Monday, according to its AIS data. It should complete the trials next week.

Last month, the Gasum-chartered 5,800-cbm Coralius bunkering vessel provided the first LNG supply to the newbuild currently under construction at Meyer Turku.

To remind, the yard floated out the cruise ship in January this year. It is a sister vessel to LNG-powered Costa Smeralda that joined the Italian brand of Carnival in 2019.

Meyer Turku started working on Costa Toscana last year with a steel cutting ceremony in July 2019.

The yard should deliver the vessel by the end of this year.

Carnival and its units are heavily investing in LNG-powered vessels as they look to slash emissions and costs.

Costa Group, which includes Costa Cruises, Germany-based AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia, has ordered several new LNG-powered ships. Two of these, Costa Smeralda and AIDAnova, are already in operation.

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