AIDA Cruises’ latest vessel AIDAcosma was floated out from Myer Werft’s covered building dock at Papenburg on Saturday 10 July. The 337m long AIDAcosma is the sister ship of the AIDAnova, which MEYER WERFT completed in 2018 as the world’s first cruise ship to run entirely on LNG.
Low-emission LNG engines from Caterpillar / MaK, which meet the strictest environmental requirements, will again be used on board AIDAcosma. During the development and design of this class of ship, the focus was on energy efficiency. Heat recovery, innovative electric motors, LED lighting, a ship automation and glazing system focused on energy efficiency, optimized and biocide-free underwater coatings for drag reduction, weight optimization in the selection of materials, and many other issues were given the highest priority in the design and construction.
At MEYER WERFT’s outfitting quay, the interior outfitting of the AIDAcosma will be completed. The ship will then embark on the Ems passage to complete the technical and nautical sea trials.
Delivery of AIDAcosma was initially planned earlier this year but the cessation of cruises due to the COVID pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2021 summer season for the vessel and a request for a delayed delivery. The ship is now expected to enter service in December.