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Carnival Corp To Add 4 XL, LNG Powered Cruise Ships To Its Fleet

Carnival Corp To Add 4 XL, LNG Powered Cruise Ships To Its Fleet

Carnival Corp (NYSE: CCL) announced recently that out of the nine new cruise ships that it plans to build and include in its fleet by 2022, four will be environmentally-friendly, large cruise ships that will have a capacity of 6,600 passengers.

Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp, was on Bloomberg TV recently to shed more light on these new ships.

Historical First For Cruise Liners

"We will actually have storage on board for LNG (liquefied natural gas) and the ships will be able to have full propulsion from LNG, which is the first ever in the history of the cruise industry," Donald began. "They are very large ships in terms of guest capacity, but they still will be able to go to most of the ports in the world."

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He continued, "And we are very excited about our partnership with Meyer (Meyer Werft) – that’s the Germany-based ship builder that will be building the ships in the Papenburg yard in Germany, and then the Turku (Meyer Turku) yard in Finland.”

Won’t Do Anything That’s Unsafe

Donald was asked if the company would be taking any extra precautionary measures for these new ships because they would be carrying LNG. He replied, “LNG is commonplace in many areas. Now you have lots of buses and public transportation that uses LNG, as well as some private vehicles. Obviously there is some LNG in terms of port power, when a ship is in port, to provide power.

"So, LNG is becoming a commonplace thing; obviously, we are going to follow all the regulations we need to. But we clearly wouldn’t be doing anything that we didn’t think was perfectly safe," Donald concluded.

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