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The new Costa Cruises vessel, constructed at Meyer Turku’s shipyard in Finland, will depart from Savona for her first cruise on 21 December.

As previously reported, at the end of October Meyer Turku revealed that there would be a further delay in the delivery schedule of the 180,000 GT Costa Smeralda. The postponement was due to ‘the high complexity and the sheer size of the ship project,’ said the yard, noting that the revised operation date would be on 21 December.

Announcing that all is on track for this start date, Costa Cruises said that Costa Smeralda began sea trials on 16 November, which included a series of tests to verify the operation of systems, equipment and engines with LNG propulsion.

‘The fuelling of cruise ships with LNG is an innovation in which we were the first to believe five years ago, when we ordered the Costa Smeralda, setting an example for the sector which has since been followed by other companies,' commented Neil Palomba.

‘It is a safe and reliable technology, which is currently the most effective and feasible solution to ensure a significant reduction in the environmental impact of cruise ships in port and at sea.’

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