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Monday, January 18, 2021 

Meyer Turku Shipyard has now floated out the LNG powered, 185 000gt cruise ship 'Costa Toscana' from the building dock to the outfitting pier.

Meyer Turku CEO Tim Meyer said: “The float-out is always a very special occasion for us shipbuilders, as the ship is finally set to her natural environment. As this is also the start of the final stage of shipbuilding, all the exciting colours, venues and features will start taking their final form. In the coming months she will be finalized at the pier and then tested and commissioned in the autumn for delivery. On the start of the year and on this special occasion I want to look forward: I believe Costa Toscana will enter service in a world where passengers will once again be able to fully enjoy the wonders of the seas and the ship on a cruise holiday.”

CCO Costa Cruises, Mario Zanetti, said: “Looking beyond the pandemic, we are focusing on to complete the transformation of our fleet and operations into a sustainable model. In addition to LNG technology, we are developing other innovative solutions, such as shore power and batteries, as we continue to work towards achieving zero emissions over time."

Costa Toscana is a sister ship to Costa Smeralda, delivered from Turku in 2019. Costa Toscana is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and has been designed with a circular economy concept. The use of LNG will eliminate all sulphur dioxide emissions and almost all particular matter emissions (95-100% reduction), while also significantly lowering emissions of nitrogen oxides (direct reduction of 85%) and CO2 (up to 20%). The ship also has an intelligent energy efficiency system, and 100% of the ship’s recycling materials (such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminium) will be carried out of the ship and recycled.

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