AIDA Calls for Ports and Producers' Support of LNG Bunkers

Tuesday January 31, 2017

AIDA Cruises, at the "Making LNG Happen: Combining Forces for Sustainable Shipping" trade conference in Rotterdam on Thursday, urged ports and liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers to support the use of LNG as marine fuel, Seatrade Cruise News reports.

The conference saw 80 representatives from the fields of business, politics, and science visit the LNG-powered AIDAprima.

"We believe in LNG as the fuel with the lowest emissions that is currently available and have been performing pioneering work in this area for many years," Monika Griefahn, chief sustainable officer at AIDA Cruises, told attendees.

Griefahn highlighted AIDA Cruises' efforts to obtain vessels that are fully powered by LNG, with the first of these slated to arrive in 2019.

"We are pleased that other cruise lines are now also following our example and have ordered new constructions with LNG fuel as well," said Griefahn.

"However, we also need the support of the ports and LNG producers to invest in the necessary infrastructure."

In June, Ship & Bunker reported that Carnival and AIDA Cruises were working to overcome restrictions and regulations in the Port of Rotterdam that were preventing AidaPrima from receiving or using LNG bunkers there.