Wednesday, October 14, 2020

"VIDEO: Meyer Werft Delivers Iona, Largest Cruise Ship Ever Built for UK Market"

 These things are so big.

From MarineLink:

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft shipyard last Friday delivered to P&O Cruises the cruise ship Iona, dubbed the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

Apart from being the largest, with 185,000 tonnes, 345 meters in length with 17 guest decks, Iona is also the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It features four low-emission dual-fuel engines from Caterpillar, which can be operated 100% with LNG at sea
and in port.

The cruise ship had been scheduled for delivery to Carnival's P&O brand earlier this year and was due to enter service in May before COVID-19 disrupted work onboard Iona and at many shipyards across Europe, including Fincantieri, MV Werften, and others....


A couple years ago I was oohing-and-aahing over AIDA's  AIDAnova, also from Meyer Werft and the first of the LNG-powered behemoths. AIDAnova is a bit more svelte at 183,000 tonnes displacement.

Iona is now the sixth largest cruise ship in the world, bumping AIDAnova down to seventh, but they are numbers 1 and 2 largest LNG powered. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship at 228,000 tonnes.

By comparison Britain's aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales displace 66,000 tonnes. The U.S. Navy's Gerald R. Ford displaces 100,000 tonnes 

I've forgotten CMA CGM's flagship container hauler the Jacques Saadé's displacement but deadweight tonnage is 220,000 tonnes making it far and away the largest LNG-powered ship.