The 180,000 gross ton ship will have dual-fuel engines, and the floating engine room unit (FERU) is 120 meters long, 42 meters wide and four decks tall. It contains three LNG tanks, two 35-meters long, with a diameter of eight meters and a volume capacity of 1,550 cubic meters. A third, smaller tank is 28 meters long, with a diameter of five meters and a volume capacity of 520 cubic meters.
The first FERU was floated out at Neptun Werft and transported to Papenburg in September.
AIDAnova is expected to commence operations in December 2018. She will be the first cruise ship in the world to be powered primarily by LNG.
She is the first of two new ships for the AIDA brand. The second ship is expected to be delivered in 2021. Carnival Corporation has ordered another five ships, with all seven to be fully powered by LNG. The seven ships for cruise brands Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Carnival UK, and AIDA Cruises will be built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany) and Turku (Finland) and commissioned between 2018 and 2022.