The delivery of the world’s first cruise ship to be powered solely by LNG, AIDAnova, will be delayed, German shipbuilder Meyer Werft said.
The shipbuilder explained that it would need more time to thoroughly test all of the ship’s systems in order to ensure smooth operation of this technologically complex vessel. As such the ship’s sea trials and scheduled delivery had to be pushed, however, the new delivery date has not been specified.
Meyer Werft added that it regrets the change in delivery schedule, however, the action is necessary to ensure the quality of all the ship’s systems.
Earlier this month, AIDAnova, was transferred to Eemshaven, Netherlands, where it will undergo final outfitting.
The ship was scheduled for delivery to Aida Cruises in November, and was supposed to visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe in December, after which it was scheduled to start its maiden cruises in Gran Canaria.
Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters, the 180,000 tonne ship is able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.