Work progresses on second LNG-powered newbuild for P&O Cruises

Germany’s shipbuilder Meyer Werft continues to progress with the construction of the second LNG-powered vessel for Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises.

The vessel’s floating engine room unit (FERU), built by Neptun Werft, part of the Meyer Group, has recently arrived at the Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg.

The FERU is 140m long and 42m wide, and weighs about 12,000 ton, according to P&O Cruises. This vital section of the ship houses all the main engines and LNG tanks.

“Now the FERU is in the hall, the build enters a new phase as the prefabricated blocks are mounted onto the engine room section,” P&O Cruises said.

The LNG-powered ship named Arvia is a sister vessel to Iona.

Meyer Werft delivered the first LNG-powered vessel to the UK-based cruise operator in October but it still awaits its debut due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Iona should make its debut in August, according to the latest schedule by P&O Cruises.

On the other side, Meyer Weft should deliver Arvia by the end of 2022.

Both of the sister ships will be 345 meters long featuring 17 guest decks.

The luxury liners will accommodate up to 5,200 passengers making them one of the largest cruise ships in the world, P&O Cruises says.

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