Construction work has begun on the Costa Toscana – Costa Cruises’ second LNG-fuelled cruise ship – at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The inaugural cruise of the Costa Toscana is scheduled to leave Hamburg on 28 June 2021.
The Costa Toscana is the sister ship of the Costa Smeralda, which came into service on 21 December.
Commenting on the hull assembly getting underway, Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises, said: ‘This symbolic moment in the construction of Costa Toscana marks a further step forward in the use of LNG in the cruise sector. We were the first in the world to believe in this innovation five years ago, when we ordered these new ships, starting a transformation process toward make tourism increasingly sustainable. LNG is currently the solution that allows the best and most immediate results to be achieved in terms of reducing the environmental impact of ships.
Costa’s parent Carnival has made a major commitment to using LNG – which is generally seen in the industry as a ‘cleaner’ fuel because it can ‘virtually eliminate’ SOx and particulate matter emissions and also significantly reduce NOx and CO2 emissions. However, a number of environmental groups – including Stand.earth and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - have questioned LNG’s green credentials because of the effects of ‘methane slip’.