Further delays at AidaNova
According to Meyer Werft report, the first LNG propelled cruise ship will be delivered on December 19th
Comparing facts with former AidaPrima affair would be inappropriate: in that occasion the construction of the ship at Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard ended a year behind schedule (she was delivered in March 2016) so that they started evaluating whether carrying on their experience in this market segment.
A similar situation will definitely not occur at Meyer Werft, yard which is currently following, in Pappenburg, the construction of 180,000 GT AidaNova (6,600 passengers), of the German brand (controlled by Costa Crociere thus encompassed in Carnival group), unprecedented LNG-propelled cruise ship in the world, whose delivery is definitely behind schedule.
The shipbuilding yard had lately announced they were forced to delay the delivery, already scheduled by late November, to December 2nd, in order to “carry out the required trial tests”.
Meyer Werft also recalled that the new unit was a “particularly complicated and innovative pilot project provided with highly innovative technological systems which need to be accurately tested”.
AidaNova's maiden voyage scheduled on December 2nd from Hamburg to the Canary islands will be cancelled and so will the envisaged itineraries scheduled from 12 to 19 and from 15 to 22 December.
In essence maiden voyage will follow on December 19th, just few weeks behind schedule.