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Fresh breeze on the high seas

captain Boris Becker is clearly satisfied. The first ride of Aida Nova of Eemshaven in the Netherlands to Lisbon went smoothly. "In the Bay of Biscay it was pretty hilly, the wind strength of 9," he jokes, "on the bridge you will notice this quite a bit." Also, the first to Create in the port of Lisbon was the same with a lot of Wind. But that is normal in the winter months. And exactly such conditions one has to master, know how the new boat reacts.

The new ship: The Aida Nova is the largest cruise ship yet built in Germany. It is 337 meters long, 65 meters high, 42 meters wide and offers 2626 cabins space for over 6000 passengers. But the biggest news is something else entirely: The Aida Nova is the world's first vessel with LNG and also in the port is operated. The ship does not need any country's power supply. While the hull of the ship by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has been mounted, the power plant of the ship – the engines and the three giant LNG Tanks of the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, Germany. The stock of the three gas tanks should be enough for a 14-day cruise.

The abbreviation LNG stands for liquefied Natural Gas: liquefied natural gas to minus 162 degrees cooled. For the safety of the ship is loading, and marine diesel. The Dual-Fuel engines can access in case of load peaks, such as in the case of very heavy seas, or when you Start and Create, in addition to it. But captain Becker emphasizes: "in The first race from Pier to Pier we went, in spite of fierce sea state with one hundred percent LNG."

After a construction period of three years, a number of technical delays and a fire, the Aida Nova is now 19. December for the first time with guests in the waters around the Canary Islands and Madeira on the way. In the summer of 2019 you will be travelling in the Mediterranean sea. Is a new Era in the cruise? In any case, it is an important stage in the direction of more environmentally friendly cruise. The Aida Nova is the first ship of the new Helios-class in the development of the Meyer had a shipyard in Papenburg, Germany has a decisive share. Ten years of research and development put into the series. For a total of nine Helios-ships Meyer Werft orders or letters of intent, and a further two for Aida Cruises (delivery in 2019 and 2021), and a further six are for other daughters of the strong financial Carnival has group belongs to Aida.

liquid natural gas is currently the cleanest fossil fuel, because its combustion is neither sulphur dioxide nor Particulate matter or fine dust is produced and the emissions of nitrogen oxides by up to 80 percent, and in the CO? approximately 20 percent will be reduced. The nature protection Federation Germany (Nabu) has set up the Aida Nova prior to its entry into service in his the cruise ranking in 2018. "Who would like to make a cruise, should go from our point of view on the Aida Nova," says Dietmar Oily, head of the Nabu Department of transport policy. However, for the sustainability balance sheet we must look at the total supply chain, for example, where the gas was coming. Frackinggas for example, the sustainability would substances compared to conventional power significantly reduce. Another issue is the methane slip is the methane leakage that can occur when running gas engines. Methane is 25 times more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide. Clear: The cruise industry and the conservationists will most probably never be brothers in the spirit. But Dietmar Oily by Nabu admits: "When it comes to fine dust, the most dangerous and the most carcinogenic combustion product, I see a progress."

The infrastructure for LNG is still a lack of

Aida-President Felix Eichhorn is allowed. "We don't feel driven, we ourselves are the drivers of innovation." Currently the Rostock have set the bar for the entire industry. However, whether LNG will change the cruise industry, or just a bridge technology, is not able also to predict Aida-head squirrel before. "What in ten, 15 years? We will go with batteries, synthetic Gas, fuel cells?" On the Aida Nova, you've already scheduled a space for fuel cells or batteries.

The infrastructure for LPG is inadequate. Only in France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, England, Scandinavia, the Baltic States and in North America, LNG-bearing. In Germany, the legal basis for this is missing. LNG-ships are in this country, fueled by truck, arriving from Rotterdam. What's missing everywhere is a quasi-hose was the last piece: Between the Warehouses and ships a supply of the larger of the gap, which will only be closed one after the other. By LNG tanker, floating gas stations, and feed vessels. Except in Rotterdam, there are still no LNG Tanks at the ports, which could be the vessels directly refueling. In the port of Tenerife, the Aida Nova is refueled for the first time, ship-to-ship: The feed vessel Cardissa from Antwerp pumps overnight in eight hours of 2100 cubic meters of LNG in the Tanks of the Aida Nova. The safety precautions are enormous. Passengers and Crew are allowed to smoke while on the side of the deck, the tank ship has made, or talk on the phone. On strict point by the bridge.

Even if the Management is silent in Rostock persistently over the price, has been circulating in the industry is the sum of approximately one billion Euro per ship. "We continues to grow, and to be able to continue to grow, we need new ships," said Hansjörg Kunze, the press-Secretary of Aida. "The Aida Nova is fully booked for 2019, almost," says Kunze. The only remaining seats were still available. Since the founding year, the company waxes, the part in the double-digit range. In the German-speaking countries, Aida is the market leader, Kunze says. Long ago it had adopted also from the party ship Image. "We want to offer diversity in the services of the Multi-generational vacation."

Therefore, emphasizes Eichhorn, the new ship more than just technological Innovation. New 21 cabin categories from the Penthouse Suite to the Single-cabin. The culinary offer includes 17 Restaurants and 23 Bars. In terms of sustainability, much of it happens behind the Scenes, even on other vessels: Novel coatings to improve the Aqua dynamics and the fuel consumption of the vessels decrease. Waste water management, Recycling and energy efficiency, LED lighting and heat recovery according to calculations by the industry Association Clia to ensure that the resource consumption per passenger per week is less than that of German consumers in the country. In the Laundry of the Aida Nova up to 10.5 tonnes of Laundry are washed daily. Per Kilo to 2.5 litres of this water. On Land, it is according to Aida an average of eight liters. Also new: Every piece of clothing the Crew wears a Chip, with which its bearer can be assigned. Captain Beckers Gala Uniform back guarantee to its owner. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 01.01.2019, 18:00 clock

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