French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique has kicked off work on the second LNG-powered superyacht for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique held a steel-cutting ceremony for the LNG-powered Luminara at its yard in Saint-Nazaire on June 6.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, an ultra-luxury cruise line established by Marriott International’s Ritz-Carlton brand and Oaktree Capital Management, expects the vessel to embark on its inaugural voyage in 2025, it said in a social media post.
The cruise company ordered two LNG-powered vessels at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in March last year.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique laid the keel for the first LNG-powered vessel in this batch, Ilma, on March 22.
Ilma is expected to embark on its inaugural trip in 2024.
The 241 meters long ships will have four dual-fuel engines and utilize LNG as its main fuel source, “significantly” reducing emissions as compared to traditional practices, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection previously said.
Besides these ships, the firm already launched its first superyacht, Evrima, but this vessel does not feature LNG propulsion.