After the first sea trials session in October, Costa Smeralda has recently quit again the moorings of the Meyer shipyard in Turku (Finland) and embarked on a new sea trials session. During this second sea trials session, Costa Cruises's flagship company used liquefied natural gas as its fuel, which is an ecological feature that allows it to navigate with less harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
The use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel to produce energy on board of the Costa Smeralda reduces emissions of sulphur oxides, particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and CO2. With the imminent debut of this second eco unit, Carnival Corporation Group once again confirms its position as an industry pioneer in the use of alternative fuels, supporting the sustainability objectives of the global company. This new class of ships to which the Italian flagship belongs is called Helios, have common characteristics such as a gross tonnage of about 180 thousand tons and can accommodate 5,200 passengers, each unit will have unique characteristics.
Shortly after her debut, the Costa Smeralda will be the second cruise ship in the world, after AIDAnova, to use liquefied natural gas as a fuel both in port and at sea. Not only an ecological power supply, on board there is no lack of solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the ship, the energy consumption will be maximized through the use of LED lights, will be recovered the heat produced by the engines. In addition, from a technical point of view, further solutions have been adopted, such as a particular shape of the hull designed to significantly reduce friction with the water, new generation elevators designed to recover the energy used during service and use it for other functions.
From a strictly practical point of view, on board of the Costa Smeralda we have worked to reduce to a minimum the use of disposable plastic in catering as well as in the hotel industry through the use of alternative and biodegradable materials. Although this new unit continues to focus on the theme of food, with the 4GOOFOOD programme dedicated to reducing food waste and recovering surpluses for social purposes, with the novelty of the LAB-Taste Workshop Restaurant, to involve guests in an entertaining way in the field of food sustainability.
Finally, after concluding this second session of sea trials, the future flagship has returned to the shipyard in Turku (Finland) where it is working to complete the interior design. Unless there are any sensational unforeseen events, the first cruise scheduled will depart from Savona on 21 December 2019, for a classic itinerary to discover the Western Mediterranean that will be repeated until 16 May 2020, with stops in Marseille (Sunday), Barcelona (Monday), Palma de Mallorca (Tuesday), Civitavecchia (Thursday) and La Spezia (Friday) and Savona.
All that remains is to wait for the debut of this eco cruise ship that will represent the emblem of the made in Italy in the seas.