April 19, 2019. The first cruises propelled with liquefied natural gas (LNG) will begin arriving this year at the Port of Barcelona, Spain, as announced by the president of the entity, Mercè Conesa, within the framework of the Seatrade Cruise Global of Miami, the main cruise ship fair in the world.
Aida Nova will be the first ship that works with this alternative fuel that this April will make its first stop in the Catalan capital, a city that will continue to visit throughout the season.
Conesa explained that they have developed several initiatives to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel: “This is one of the axes that we are working to attract the arrival in Barcelona of the most modern ships and, therefore, more advanced at an environmental level”.
According to the Catalan Port, LNG reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80%, 40% of emissions of nitrogen oxides (CO2) and completely eliminates sulfur oxides and suspended particles.
Apart from the three cruise ships that already operate with this fuel, there are a total of 20 more ships under construction or ordered in shipyards, which will enter service between 2020 and 2026.