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Because of high gas prices: Aida cruise ships run on diesel instead of LNG


The two cruise giants "Aidanova" and "Aidacosma" could use liquefied natural gas, which is considered environmentally friendly - but that's too expensive for the shipping company. Instead, marine diesel is used.

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Cruise ship »Aidanova« (photo from 2018): moving away from liquid gas

Photo: Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/ dpa

Dirty diesel instead of natural gas: Due to increased prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG), the two cruise ships "Aidanova" and "Aidacosma" are currently not using the fuel that is considered more environmentally friendly.

Instead, they have been running on marine gas oil (MGO) - a diesel fuel - for a few weeks, said Aida spokesman Hansjörg Kunze.

“But we will return to LNG operations if that becomes possible.

We cannot foresee the price development.« The »Hamburger Abendblatt« had previously reported on this.

"The price increases were substantial, not to say explosive," said Kunze.

LNG has become three to five times more expensive.

A delivery at reasonable prices is not possible.

The engines of both ships are built for so-called dual-fuel operation and can use both marine gas oil and LNG.

LNG not only reduces local emissions, but is also the bridging technology in the future to possible operation with emission-free gases.

The "Aidanova", which went into service in 2018, was the world's first cruise ship that could be operated entirely with LNG.

She is currently traveling around the Canary Islands.

The »Aidacosma« is in the Arabian Gulf.

The "Hamburger Abendblatt" also refers to the ferry company Fjord Line.

This had announced that its two LNG ships, the "MS Stavangerfjord" and "MS Bergensfjord" from pure LNG engines to dual-fuel engines.

The company justifies the step with a profit situation that is not sustainable.

"The energy crisis triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to extraordinarily high and volatile LNG prices," it said in a statement.

It is sad to have to make a conversion in order to be able to drive with marine gas oil.

Routes between Denmark and Norway are affected.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2023-01-05

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