Meyer Werft handed over the LNG-powered AIDAcosma to AIDA Cruises, successfully delivering a new cruise ship for the fourth time since the pandemic began.
“I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and commitment on board, at the shipyard and from the home office. We have proven once again that we can build and deliver first-class ships despite the difficult circumstances caused by the Corona pandemic. With Meyer Turku’s Costa Toscana, it is even the second ship that we as Meyer Group deliver to Carnival Corporation within less than three weeks,” says Managing Director Jan Meyer.
The AIDAcosma is already the ninth ship Meyer Werft has built for AIDA Cruises. Like its sister ship AIDAnova, the ship features low-emission LNG propulsion. In 2018, the AIDAnova was the world’s first cruise ship with this innovative propulsion system.
Various effects of the pandemic have also caused challenges on board the AIDAcosma in recent weeks. “Overall, however, we managed these well until the end. The progress of the completion and the sea trials went well, so that we again delivered a ship in high Meyer quality, which our customers know from us,” explains Project Manager Jochen Busch.
Meyer Werft ‘s order book now includes eight cruise ships for international customers until 2025, as well as an apartment ship for Ocean Residences, the construction of which is still subject to financing. “In 2022, we will deliver two more large ships, the Disney Wish and the ARVIA for P&O Cruises. In the following years, it will be one large and one small newbuilding each. This is significantly less than we had planned before the outbreak of the pandemic,” says Managing Director Thomas Weigend.