August 5, 2019. The first steel cut for the Costa Toscana took place today at the Meyer Turku shipyards in Finland. The ceremony featured the highest executives of the shipping company and shipyard.
The President of Costa Cruceros, Neil Palomba has said: “The steel cutting ceremony for the Costa Toscana is another step forward in our sustainable development plan. The propulsion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for cruise ships is an important innovation, a pioneer in a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising safety.”
The ship is expected to be delivered in 2021. While the first Costa Cruceros ship, twin of the new one, to use liquefied natural gas was the Costa Smeralda and is about to finish its construction to enter service in the month of October.
Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana are part of a project implemented by Costa Cruceros to reduce the carbon footprint. The measures adopted have allowed Carnival Corporation to meet its objective of reducing a 25% carbon footprint by 2020 three years earlier than expected.