Meyer Turku Begins Construction of Second LNG-Cruise Ship for Costa

First steel has been cut for the second LNG-powered Costa Cruises ship at Meyer Turku, Finland. For the first time, the steel was cut using a new plasma cutter line. The ship named Costa Toscana is to join the fleet in 2021.

Costa Cruises’ Costa Toscana is the first ship to benefit from the shipyard's new panel line, which is part of a 200 million euro investment programme. In addition to the plasma cutter liner, Meyer Turku is investing in facilities, machines and IT-systems, and seeks to recruit some 200 new shipbuilders. The yard's order book reaches to 2025 at the moment.

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First steel being cut using the plasma cutter line.

LNG-Powered Cruise Ships

The Costa Toscana is not the only cruise ship currently being built for Costa Cruises at Meyer Turku. In March, the Costa Smeralda was floated out with a planned delivery in October 2019. Both vessels will be powered by LNG to cut emissions. With a gross tonnage of over 180,000 and more than 2600 staterooms on each, the Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan, with seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023.

Costa Toscana Vessel Particulars

  • Delivery: 2021
  • Flag: Italy
  • Length: 337 metres
  • Width: 42 metres
  • Draught max: approx. 8.6 metres
  • Gross Tonnage: 185,000
  • Passenger cabins: 2661
  • Total lower berths: 5322
  • Balcony cabin ratio: 63,7 per cent
  • Total crew: 1678
  • Service speed: 17 knots
  • Number of main engines: 4

Picture: Artist impression of sister vessel Costa Smeralda (by Meyer Turku).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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