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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 

Costa Cruises, a part of Carnival Corporation, has taken delivery of 'Costa Firenze' from Fincantieri, designed and built in the Marghera shipyard.

At 135,500gt with passenger capacity of more than 5,200, the Costa Firenze is part of a development plan that includes seven new ships to be delivered for the Costa Group by 2023, for a total investment of more than €6bn. Costa Firenze is the fourth of these new ships to be delivered with three more to come. Of the 14 ships currently operating in the Costa Cruises fleet, 11 were built by Fincantieri.

Michael Thamm, group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia, said: "The handover of the new Costa Firenze is a sign of hope and restart for the whole cruise and tourism ecosystems. This ship represents the most tangible evidence of the will of our group to restart. Our hope is that people will soon be able to travel again and that more ships will set sail and contribute to the revitalization of tourism in Italy, Europe and globally. Looking beyond the pandemic, Costa's goal is to design the future of sustainable and zero emission cruising and we hope  that our long-lasting partnership with Fincantieri can bring our companies to work together on a roadmap that can lead to this ambitious yet essential objective."

The Costa Firenze project is said to take sustainability in special regard. The environmental performance has been acknowledged by RINA, with Green Star 3, a voluntary notation covering all the main aspects of a ship's environmental impact and requiring maximum protection and prevention across areas such as waste, grey water, black water, machinery oil, CO2, ozone, greenhouse gases, particulate matter, sulphur oxides, nitrogen and ballast water. In addition to honouring compliance with a series of environmental sustainability standards, the certification recognises the design solutions and operating procedures that Costa has implemented voluntarily, both during construction and navigation, aimed at outperforming the environmental protection requirements of international regulations.

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