Rhine-Alpine News


LNG cruise ship to operate from Savona


Savona: Costa Smeralda is the first vessel of cruise operator Costa to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a breakthrough for the cruise industry as it will minimise overall environmental impact. Built at Meyer Turku in Finland, it measures 180,000 GT and set sail for its maiden voyage in December 2019.

Savona is the main homeport of the Costa line and expects 900,000 cruise passengers in 2020. Of the seven Costa ships currently ordered or under construction, five will be LNG-powered. This is a first in the cruise industry and underscores the role of Savona port in reducing C02 emissions.

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Collision of freighter and rowing boat near Basel leaves casualty

Birsfelden: On the Rhine, four rowers in a sports boat collided with a freighter when passing the port of Birsfelden in the evening of 13 January. Three persons could be rescued with minor injuries, but one was found dead in the water. According to local sources, it would be recommended to stay further away from the port entrance, but the boat apparently was steering a legal route. Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.

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German government supports modernization of inland vessels

Symbolic photo (Martin Brandt): German inland vessel

Berlin: Through 2020, the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will support modernization of inland waterway vessels. The program supports various motor technologies under the condition that they are more environmentally sustainable than traditional diesel motors. In addition, the program supports exhaust cleaning systems. A precondition is that both the ship and its owner are legally registered in Germany.

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