Meyer Group unit Neptun shipyard has unveiled the first of two floating engine room units (FERU) for the AIDAnova cruise ship in Rostock, Germany.

The 120m-long, 42m-wide engine module is set to be transferred to the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where AIDAnova is currently being built for AIDA Cruises.

It is expected to begin its three-day journey today (25 September), depending on weather conditions.

The module is approximately three decks high and carries AIDAnova’s four dual-fuel Caterpillar engines.

AIDAnova is due to be completed by next year and will be able to operate both in ports and at sea using environmentally friendly and low emission fossil fuel.

The ship expects to almost eradicate emissions of fine dust and sulphur oxides by using LNG, as well as permanently reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases.

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AIDA Cruises notes that more than 500 shipyard workers and 500 external employees are currently engaged in the construction of AIDAnova at the Neptun shipyard.

"The 180,000t AIDAnova vessel will feature more than 2,500 staterooms and is expected to provide cruise services around the Canary Islands in Spain."

Additionally, 120 Caterpillar employees are involved in the assembly of the engines.

The 180,000t AIDAnova vessel will feature more than 2,500 staterooms and is expected to provide cruise services around the Canary Islands in Spain from December next year.

The second ship of the same class is expected to join AIDA Cruises’ fleet by 2021.

Meyer Werft Papenburg will be responsible for construction of the vessel.

Image: AIDAnova's first floating engine room unit lifted into the water at Neptun shipyard in Germany. Photo: courtesy of AIDA Cruises.