With today's order of two LNG-powered ships by TUI Cruises, the number of firmly contracted cruise newbuilds that will use liquefied natural gas for propulsion climbs to 19.

STX France and Royal Caribbean International won the Fuel Efficiency Award for Harmony of the Seas at the annual Seatrade Awards held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday.

The onset in 2020 of reductions on maximum sulfur emissions is certainly the biggest factor driving the cruise industry’s actions on all fronts related to energy consumption and alternative fuels – the focus of a panel on the opening day of Seatrade Cruise Global.

ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the Caledonia LNG project, aiming to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.

Two specialist in tanker shipping and a marine consulting firm have formed a partnership to promote common activities between the three, including servicing the growing Indian LNG and gas industry. An area it is targetting is the supply of LNG bunkering solutions for vessels, including cruise ships in the future, a spokesman confirmed.

Rotterdam is now able to supply LNG via truck to AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima while in port.

Shell Western LNG BV has signed an agreement with Carnival Corporation & plc to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel two Costa Group newbuilds - the world's first LNG-powered cruise ships currently under construction and due to start sailing in northwest Europe (for AIDA Cruises) and the Mediterranean (for Costa Cruises) in 2019.

AIDA Cruises has signed a strategic cooperation with Shell as LNG provider for port engine operations of its new flagship, AIDAprima.

ABB is launching a new Dynamic AC (DAC) concept that optimises engine speed, leading to significant fuel savings. DAC is aimed at larger ships with power of 20MW or more.

Global oil and shipping company Monjasa A/S has started bunker operations at the southern UK port of Portland.  The first bunker delivery was delivered by based bunker barge, MTV Skaw Provider to general cargo vessel, Lagoon Phoenix.

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