Costa Cruises, Bygg nr. 1394 & 1395 ved Meyer Turku, 183.200 Gt Cruiseskip "Costa Smeralda" & "Costa Toscana"


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Carnival Corporation orders two new ships from Meyer Turku

Meyer Turku (Finland) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the world’s largest cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation & plc for two new, 180 000 GT, cruise ships. The Ships will be built for Carnival Cruise Lines with delivery dates expected in 2020 and 2022. With the same agreement, Carnival Corporation & plc also orders one 180 000 GT cruise ship from Meyer Werft (Germany) for P&O Cruises, to be delivered in 2020.

All three ships will be Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered and will be based on the next-generation “green cruising” ship design developed with Carnival Corporation.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry, working with our partners to achieve shipbuilding breakthroughs like this that will help us produce the most efficient and sustainable ships we have ever built,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku said: “We are very happy to work again with both Carnival Cruise Lines and P&O Cruises. In Turku we are also very excited as these ships will be the first ones to the get full benefit from our investments in next-generation production facilities and IT-systems. Another important aspect is the long-term horizon for our business. It creates an environment where we and also our suppliers can grow and develop. In the end this will lead to a lot of good work for us and other Finnish companies.”, Jan Meyer comments.

In conjunction with the order for Turku, the delivery of the 2nd ship for Costa Cruises will shift from 2020 to 2021.

Yet another push for the future of Meyer Turku

The new ships also represent a return for shipbuilding in Turku for Carnival Cruise Line and another push for the future of Meyer Turku shipyard. With the company’s extraordinarily long order book reaching now to 2022, Meyer Turku is growing with modern investments in facilities and people.

“Turku yard has over 200 years of proud heritage. Generations of shipbuilder have continuously pushed the boundaries of what is possible in technology and size. Now we are building a new and modern Turku yard. With our investments in next generation IT-supported production facilities, exceeding 75m€, we are working on a more data-driven production with unprecedented productivity. In order to fully unleash this productivity potential, our ship designers will work even closer with our production using effective processes and modern IT.

Modern facilities are important, yet even more important are the people. Since 2014 we have already created more than 350 jobs – and many more interesting challenges and opportunities lie ahead,” CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer continues.


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Construction of 1st Costa Cruises’ LNG-Powered Ship Kicks Off

The steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two Costa Cruises’ ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) was held at Finnish Meyer Turku shipyard on September 13, 2017.

The newbuilding, to be named Costa Smeralda, is set to debut in October 2019 with a sister ship following in 2021.

With a service speed of 17 knots, the new cruise vessel will feature a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters. Costa Smeralda will offer cruises in the Western Mediterranean and will be able to accommodate a total of 6,554 passengers and 1,646 crew.

The construction of the Costa Smeralda is part of a strategic plan of Carnival Corporation – a parent company of Costa Cruises – to build seven LNG-powered ships for its 103-ship fleet, starting in fall 2018 when the company’s German-based AIDA Cruises brand introduces AIDAnova.

“The two new Costa Cruises ships are a true innovation and set new standards for the entire sector. They will be among the first cruise ships powered by LNG, spurring the development of this green technology,” Neil Palomba, Costa Cruises’ President, commented.

The two new Costa Cruises’ ships will be powered both in port and on the open sea by LNG. LNG will be stored in special tanks on board ships and will be used to generate 100 percent of the energy required for navigation and onboard services thanks to dual-fuel hybrid engines. LNG bunkering will be provided by Shell Western LNG (Shell).

As informed, Costa Cruises’ ships will be partially built by new machinery and building processes of Meyer Turku. With an investment plan of EUR 185 million, Meyer Turku is aiming to become one of the world’s most modern cruise ship yards.

“These new facilities will prepare us for the increasing international competition. 183 900 GT Costa Smeralda is also a step up in ship size – we need the new facilities to answer to the demand of our customers and to increase our competitiveness for the future,” Jan Meyer, Meyer Turku CEO, pointed out.

Kilde: World Maritime News

"Costa Smeralda"
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Etter å ha fullført jomfruturen som starter i Hamburg og varer i 15 dager, blir det dåp av "Costa Smeralda" den 3. November 2019 i Savona som ligger på den italienske Rivieraen


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Construction Progresses on Costa Cruises’ LNG Flagship

Construction of the Costa Smeralda, Costa Cruises’ new flagship, is continuing at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland.

The yellow funnel with the blue “C”, has now been installed, Carnival Corporation, the parent company of Italy-based Costa Cruises, said.

As explained, the funnel is directly connected to one of the main technological innovations in the ship. Costa Smeralda will be the first cruise ship for the world market, specifically the European one, to be fueled, both in port and while at sea, by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

This is an environmental transformation that will improve air quality as LNG almost entirely prevents particulate and sulfur oxide emissions at sea and in port. It also significantly reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2.

With a gross tonnage of over 180,000 tons and a capacity for 6,600 passengers, Costa Smeralda is scheduled to enter service in October 2019. The newbuild will feature a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters.

Delivery of a second ship, the twin to Costa Smeralda, also being built by Meyer-Turku, is planned for 2021.

Costa Smeralda and its twin ship are part of an expansion plan for the Costa Group fleet under which seven new ships will be delivered by 2023, for a total investment of over EUR 6 billion (USD 6.8 billion).

The Panama-flagged Costa Smeralda debut is scheduled for October 20, 2019, with a 15-day inaugural cruise from Hamburg to Savona. The naming ceremony will take place in Savona on November 3, 2019.

On November 4, 2019, a 6-day inaugural cruise will depart from Savona for Barcelona, Marseilles and Civitavecchia. Costa Smeralda will then continue to sail in the Western Mediterranean until April 2021, according to the company.

Kilde: World Maritime News


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Costa Smeralda floated out with traditional ceremonies at Meyer Turku shipyard

The float-out of Costa Smeralda, an LNG powered 180 000 GT cruise ship, marks the beginning of the final stage of construction for this Italian style beauty engineered and constructed in Finland.

The ceremony today starts the outfitting phase in the ship’s construction. She will be finalized at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019. Costa Smeralda will be the first LNG powered cruise ship in the Costa fleet and one of the first ones to sail the seas. LNG usage will cut all small-particle and sulfur oxide emissions and significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions of the ship.

“With LNG a breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector. Costa Group is the market leader in Europe and China, and we continue to make sustainable tourism a key part of our industry leadership” says Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.

Meyer Turku has been leading the LNG revolution in ship building for several years now, with already two LNG powered ships delivered.

“We have been very excited to bring our expertise in designing, engineering and construction of LNG ships in service for Costa Smeralda. This ship is also going to be a step up in ship size for us, as we are continuing our production ramp-up to two times the level of previous high for the shipyard”, CEO of Meyer Turku, Jan Meyer, says.

For the guests to enjoy:

Costa Smeralda will be a breathtaking ship and will take her guests on a “tour of Italy”.
The heart of the new flagship will be the Colosseo, a three-level area in the middle of the ship where the best shows are put on.
Piazza di Spagna, on the other hand, will be a large stairway on three decks facing astern:the ideal place for entertaining guests of all ages,
with an open-air balcony on the top deck that has a glass floor that gives you the impression of flying over the sea.
At the ship's bow, Trastevere will be another piazza where guests can relax, chat and enjoy the experience of bars,shops and musical entertainment, all in one area.

The ship will not only be a feast for the eyes, but a feast for the taste buds too: Costa Smeralda will have eleven restaurants,
including the Teppanyaki, the Pummid’Oro Pizzeria, the family restaurant Tutti a Tavola, which will also offer many entertainment activities,
and the Laboratorio del Gusto (Taste Lab) where guests can enjoy making their dinner before dining.

On board Costa Smeralda there will be nineteen bars for guests where to relax and enjoy a drink at sea. Another amazing area onboard is the Spa,
with a beauty salon, hammam, thalasso therapy pool and sixteen treatment rooms. Fun for all ages will continue at the water park with its slides,
or at the multisport field, at the four swimming pools, at the theatre, disco, casino, jazz club piano bar and games room.
Kids will enjoy a fully dedicated area.

This beautiful ship will also have her very own onboard museum: the CoDe - Costa Design Museum, curated by Matteo Vercelloni, is dedicated to the excellence of Italian design and will feature many of the names that have contributed to the ship's construction and its success.

“With the hull of the ship now completed, the next stage of the building process is proceeding to complete all these attractions and features, making sure at the same time that Smeralda will be a safe, reliable and comfortable ship to sail at sea. After the summer the commissioning and testing of the ships myriad of automatic systems will intensify both at the pier and at sea before delivery”, CEO Jan Meyer explains.

Costa Smeralda facts:
Delivery: October 2019 (sister ship in 2021)
Flag: Italy
Length: 337m
Width: 42 m
Draught max: approx. 8.8m
Gross Tonnage: 183,900
Passenger cabins: 2610
Total passengers: approx. 6554
Balcony cabin ratio: 63,7%
Total crew: 1646
Service speed: 17kn
No. of main engines: 4

Kilde: Meyer Turku

"Costa Smeralda"


Begge foto: via Meyer Turku


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After years of all these pointless COSTA ... names they are suddenly starting to make sense, with an Italian theme! Good job (Costa Venezia / Firenze / Smeralda / Toscana)


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The construction of a second Costa Cruises ship starts at Meyer Turku shipyard

The steel cutting ceremony of the second Costa Cruises ship build at Meyer Turku commenced with new traditions: The brand new plasma cutter line was used for the first time in a production start ceremony.

Costa Cruises’ Costa Toscana will be the first ship benefitting fully from the new panel line of Meyer Turku. The panel line is just one of the major over 100 million euro investments inside the steel halls, the whole shipyard going through an investment program of 200 million euros. “Modern shipyard for modern ships”, states CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer and continues:

“With the first Costa ship, Costa Smeralda, being delivered in October, both of these ships will have lots of beautiful design and interesting features – and of course very high quality work and best-in-industry engineering. We are very proud to build these ships for Costa.”

The Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana, slated for delivery in October 2019 and 2021, will both be tributes to “Italy’s finest”. With gross tonnage of over 180,000 and more than 2600 staterooms on each, the Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan, with seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023.

“The steel-cutting ceremony for the Costa Toscana is another step forward in our sustainable development plan. LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities,” Costa Cruises President Neil Palomba says.

Kilde: Meyer Turku


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New inaugural program for Costa Smeralda

Due to construction delays at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, Costa Cruises has announced that Costa Smeralda will now be starting her program of 7-day Mediterranean cruises sailing from Savona on November 30, 2019.


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Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda

There will be a further delay to the delivery of Costa Smeralda, a 180 000 GT cruise ship being built at Meyer Turku for Costa Cruises. The delay is due to the high complexity and the sheer size of the ship project.

Costa Smeralda is planning to enter into operation on December 21st sailing from Savona.

Meyer Turku apologizes to all that are affected by this change.


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Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard

The 180 000 GT beauty is one of the most innovative ships ever built in Turku

Costa Smeralda was today delivered to Costa Cruises from Meyer Turku shipyard and will sail towards Barcelona tomorrow afternoon. The ship is one of the most innovative, and some would claim, the most beautiful ships ever built at Turku shipyard.

“Costa Smeralda will be a further boost to the use of LNG in cruise ships, a technology we were the first to believe in, setting a new course in the cruise sector. Our Costa Group has invested in the construction of five new LNG ships as part of our leadership in sustainable tourism. It is an innovation in the cruise and overall shipping industries, destined to mark a step change as it guarantees a significant reduction in our environmental impact without compromising the safety aspects that are an essential priority for us”. - said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises. “Costa Smeralda is a significant product innovation as well, with Italian hospitality remaining a fundamental and distinctive element of our brand, able to enchant and excite not only new cruise passengers but also more experienced ones".

Costa Smeralda is leading the LNG revolution in cruise ships, being part of the first LNG-powered cruise ship class in the world. The usage of LNG as fuel will cut down all small-particles and sulfur oxide emissions and significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions of the ship.

Costa Smeralda is a breakthrough project featuring creative Italian design and innovative spaces for the guests to enjoy.

“We have used all our knowledge, skills and imagination to design and build this ship. I would especially like to mention the Colosseo, a three-deck open area in the middle of the ship with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology inside which required a specific design and building capabilities. We are looking forward to the passengers enjoying some exceptional shows and performances there”, CEO of Meyer Turku, Jan Meyer, states.

“We trust that the passengers will very much appreciate the design, quality and features of the ship during their coming holidays. The exceptional upper deck areas and the Spanish stairs in the aft of the ship will be a treat in warm Mediterranean weathers”, Jan Meyer envisions.

Costa Smeralda is truly a traveling “smart city”. Apart from the major innovation of liquefied natural gas, the ship incorporates a series of cutting-edge technological innovations designed to further reduce environmental impact. The daily water requirement is achieved directly from the sea thanks to the ship’s desalination systems. Energy consumption is reduced to a minimum by using LED lights, recovering the heat generated by the engines, the particular shape of the hull designed to significantly reduce drag in the water, and new- generation elevators that recover energy by re-introducing it into the electricity system.

Kilde: Meyer Turku