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New Cruise Ship ’Costa Toscana’ Was Built For Sustainable Sailing

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In December 2021, the brand new cruise ship Costa Toscana was delivered after completion to Costa Cruises, the Italian cruise line brand for Carnival Corporation. Built by Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, the ship was designed and constructed to be one of the most environmentally-friendly cruise ships in the world.

The Costa Toscana is one of the world’s biggest ocean liners, with a tonnage of 185,000 GT. She is the cruise line’s second and Turku shipyard’s third ship to be powered by LNG fuel (liquefied natural gas).

The first metal sheet cutting took place in July 2019 and its hull assembly began in February 2020. The float-out ceremony of the Costa Toscana was held at the Meyer Turku in January of 2021.

”The Costa Toscana is equipped with dual-fuel engines. Their primary fuel is LNG but they can also be powered by diesel oil,” says Mr. Tapani Mylly, Head of Communication and Sustainability at Meyer Turku shipyard.

The cruise ship has four main engines that produce 61,760 kW of power. She operates with two Azipod motors for a service speed of 17 knots, with four thrusters yielding increased maneuverability.

”This ship has the very latest LNG system of the best possible variety. Apart from that, she also has many other features designed to minimise the ship’s environmental impact. They include heat-recovery technology, intelligent lighting, plus other systems for optimising energy-efficiency,” Mylly recounts.

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Energy-Efficient Technology

In a statement from the ship’s owner Costa Cruises, the sustainability of LNG fuel is emphasised. The cruise line regards the selection of LNG as one further step towards zero-emission ships, already reducing sulphur dioxide emissions and most of the other particular-matter emissions as well as nitrogen oxides and CO2.

According to Mr. Mylly, a number of similar design features were already integrated into Costa Toscana’s sister ship, the Costa Smeralda, also built by Meyer Turku and completed two years earlier – then the fifth-largest cruise ship in the world. The ships share a common platform and technical specifications with some customization of the passenger areas.

”Both of these ships also largely utilise the same types of environmentallyfriendly technologies. Such features have been refined a lot over the years. Energyefficient techniques have been given plenty of emphasis in the design of Costa’s latest cruise ships,” Mylly points out.

Energy-efficiency has been enhanced by the hull design, as well as by intelligent automation. Design refinements have been made by aid of simulation, experimentation, and thorough testing, to minimise the ship’s environmental impact. The end result is a floating ”smart city.”

The special desalination plants on board will process seawater directly and meet the ship’s daily water supply requirements. Furthermore, a 100 percent separate collection and recycling of such materials as plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum will be carried out on board, as part of an integrated approach aimed at supporting circular-economy projects.

All in all, the sustainable design features of the Costa Toscana will make it one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world.

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Entertainment Guaranteed

The ship’s hull assembly began at Turku shipyard in February 2020. The onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic presented a number of challenges throughout the shipbuilding project.

”Still, we proved that the shipyard can operate even in difficult times. As it happened, the shipbuilding was completed right on schedule,” Mylly rejoices.

Now that the ship has been delivered, the first passengers will board the ship in March 2022.

”The ship’s interior design is aimed to please the travellers. In addition, the interior’s colour scheme is in a league of its own.”

The interior design of the ship was created as a tribute to Tuscany by designer Adam Tihany who oversaw the project working with the four participating design firms.

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”Special features include 21 restaurants – with emphasis on Italian and Tuscan culinary art – and an indoor pool area, complete with water-slides and four swimming- pools,” notes Mylly.

In addition, the ship will offer premium sports facilities, entertainment, and spa treatments. An entertainment venue amidships is spread over three levels for concerts and shows, featuring large-sized LED screens on the dome and walls.

The ship’s furnishings, lighting, fabrics, and accessories are all made in Italy and have been specially designed for the Costa Toscana by 15 different companies.

The cruise ship’s length is 337 metres and width 42 metres. She is able to accommodate 6,730 passengers – in more than 2,660 cabins – plus 1,646 crew members. Some of the cabins are equipped with outdoor balconies.

”The project was carried out in a rapid and professional manner. We can be proud of our shipbuilders.”

The Costa Toscana is scheduled to enter service on 5th March 2022, sailing weekly cruises from Savona, Italy. After the first one-week cruise to Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Palermo and Rome, the ship will remain in the western Mediterranean for round-the-year cruising operations.

by: Ari Mononen
photos: Meyer Turku

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