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Innovative technology

Innovative technology

 

 

 

We are a driving force behind the use of innovative environmental and efficiency technologies.

As a market leader in Germany, we feel that we have an obligation to act as both a role model and a pioneer.

Further energy and emission measures

AIDA Cruises sets standards in environmental protection

Following the commissioning of AIDAprima (March 2016) and AIDAperla (April 2017), as well as AIDAnova (November 2018), AIDA Cruises is a pioneer in the cruise industry where protecting the climate and environment is concerned.

Back when both ships were ordered in 2011, we took the most innovative technology available at the time into account in order to build cruise ships that would meet the highest requirements of energy-efficiency and eco-friendly ship operation. AIDAprima and AIDAperla are the first cruise ships in the world to be fitted with a dual fuel engine and can therefore be run on low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) while docked in ports which accounts for around 40 percent of the overall running time.

The striking vertical bow and optimized hull shape improve the hydrodynamic characteristics of the vessels. Other new features that contribute to improving energy efficiency and therefore to reducing fuel consumption are the latest pod drives and innovative MALS technology (Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System). These allow AIDAprima and AIDAperla to glide over the water on a carpet of air bubbles with minimal resistance. State-of-the-art technologies such as absorption refrigeration machines and extensive use of waste heat ensure our hotel and restaurant facilities are extremely energy-efficient.

AIDA Cruises sets standards in environmental protection
Innovative technology

They are moreover equipped for shore power and with a multi-stage exhaust gas cleaning system, which reduces particulate matter, sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 99 percent. AIDAprima and AIDAperla are therefore fully equipped to make use of every kind of low-emission onboard energy production technology currently available.

With AIDAnova, constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, we take the next step. In November 2018 we will take the worldwide first cruise ship into service, capable of running in port and at sea on LNG thanks to dual-fuel engines. AIDAnova will also be fitted for shore power. Two additional sister ships will join the fleet in spring 2021 and 2023.

We run also the other ships in our fleet in accordance with the highest environmental standards, and retrofit them wherever possible with the latest technology as part of our efforts continually to improve our environmental footprint. For example, AIDAcara was fitted with a state-of-the-art drinking water treatment plant in 2017, and AIDAblu was retrofitted with a modern exhaust gas treatment system during its last dry-dock time last year.