Shell Western LNG (Shell) has signed a framework agreement to provide marine liquefied natural gas (LNG) to two next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships owned by Carnival.
The two vessels, the world’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships, will be launched under Carnival’s AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands by 2019.
Equipped with dual-fuel engines, the ships feature Carnival’s next-generation green cruising ship design and are planned to be deployed in the northwest European and Mediterranean ports route.
Under the new deal, the ships will use Shell's infrastructure in cruise ports to refuel with LNG throughout their route.
The agreement also allows Carnival and Shell to collaborate on supplying fuel to future LNG-powered vessels.
Carnival maritime affairs senior vice-president Tom Strang said: "We are committed to reducing our air emissions and improving air quality by evaluating new and established solutions such as LNG, an especially promising option because of its environmental and other benefits.
"We are proud to be on the forefront of advancing LNG as a fuel source for the cruise industry and creating an entirely new model for powering next-generation cruise ships.”
In April this year, Carnival and Shell finalised a LNG supply deal to power the former’s AIDAprima cruise ship while docked.
Last month Carnival ordered three new next-generation cruise ships that will be fully powered by LNG.
The order brought the company’s total number of fully LNG-powered ships to seven, across four of its ten cruise lines.
Deliveries of the ships are expected to begin from 2020.
Image: Deal signing between Carnival and Shell Western LNG. Photo: courtesy of Carnival Corporation & plc.