German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over the vessel IONA, a 180,000-ton LNG-powered cruise ship, to the British shipping company P&O Cruises.

With the delivery, the new flagship of the cruise line will be integrated into the P&O Cruises fleet in order to be ready for service when the British cruise industry restarts.

The delivery of the cruise ship was originally scheduled for May 2020, but the delivery of the new LNG cruise ship was delayed due to the corona crisis and subsequent adversities.

The IONA is one of the first cruise ships in the world to be equipped with LNG propulsion. The environmentally friendly technology avoids the emission of sulfur dioxide and soot particles. The machine room module with the LNG tanks was manufactured by Neptun Werft in Rostock, which is also part of the Meyer Group.

In May 2019, the specialists at Meyer Werft laid down the IONA. The luxury liner can carry up to 5,200 passengers. With a length of 337 meters, the IONA will be one of the largest cruise ships in the world.

With the P&O IONA, the Meyer Werft, headquartered in Papenburg/Germany, has now delivered the second of five LNG cruise ships for the subsidiaries of the Carnival Corporation. Four more cruise ships are being built at Meyer Turku. The Carnival Corporation ordered a total of nine LNG cruise ships from the Meyer Group (3x AIDA, 2x Costa, 2x P&O Cruises, 2x Carnival Cruise Line).

The delivery also means a great relief for Meyer Werft, because the main payment for the cruise ship, which is said to have cost more than 900 million, will be made after delivery. There was only a small down payment in advance. The main payment for P&O IONA will probably ease the financial pressure on Meyer Werft.

Posted in Ship Building and Technology by Tanja Lohrmann on Oct 14, 2020 at 06:59.