Carnival christens LNG-powered ship
Carnival Cruise Line formally christened its Mardi Gras cruise ship, the first in its American fleet to be powered by LNG, the company announced October 23.
The 180,000-metric ton Mardi Gras was christened at Port Canaveral in Florida. It took its maiden voyage in July, sailing from Port Canaveral for a week-long cruise with stops in San Juan in Puerto Rico, Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic and Nassau in the Bahamas.
The vessel was built by Finland's Meyer Turku, which cut the first piece of steel for a second LNG-powered cruise ship for Carnival, Carnival Celebration, in January. That ship should embark from Miami in late 2022.
The maritime industry is looking to cleaner fuels such as LNG, along with low-sulphur options, to comply with the emissions reductions outlined by the International Maritime Organisation, dubbed IMO 2020.
Carnival is a leader in cleaner fuels for its passenger line, adding LNG-powered vessels to its fleet at least four years before the IMO protocol was embraced.