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31 May 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 19:23 GMT+2

September 16, 2019

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Delayed of a month the delivery of Costa Smeralda under construction in the yard Meyer di Turku

Cancelled the previewed cruises before on 30 November

The Finnish ship yard Meyer Turku will deliver the new Costa Crociere Costa Smeralda cruise ship with some weeks of delay because of an extension of the times of construction. The navalmeccanico plant has emphasized the complexity of the realization of the new ship, that a system of propulsion fed to liquified natural gas and endowed cabins of which adulterated systems anticipates, and that, with a tonnage of 180 thousand tons, it is the greatest ship constructed recently from the Finnish yard. Costa Smeralda therefore will be delivered to half of the next month of November rather than to half October as originally previewed. We remember that last March on the ship, while was under construction in the yard, a fire had exploded, incident that but Meyer Turku it had specified would not have involved some delay in the realization of the unit.

Costa Crociere has announced that the delay of the delivery involves the dismissal of the debut of the program of cruises of the ship, the fed first to which liquified natural gas of its fleet, that will be started next 30 November and involves obviously the cancellation of all the cruises and the inaugural activities previously planned. Costa Smeralda will leave on 30 November therefore from Savona in order to carry out the route in the western Mediterranean of the duration of a already programmed week, that he will be proposed until to April 2021, and that he will carry out ports of call to Savona (saturday), Marseilles (Sunday), Barcelona (monday), Palm of Majorca (tuesday), Civitavecchia (thursday) and La Spezia (friday).

"Our priority - the general manager of Costa Crociere has explained, Neil Palomba - is that to always offer to our hosts a experience of only vacation, that it goes beyond their expectations. Unfortunately the yard Meyer di Turku needs ulterior time so that Costa Smeralda can satisfy this requirement for us unavoidable. I hold to us to emphasize that Costa Smeralda is a totally innovative project, is from the technological point of view of is produced. In particular the propulsion to LNG, in which we have believed for first, represents an only example in the field of responsible innovation in a position to pulling down meaningfully the emissions, marking a carried out point of in the industry of the cruises. Deeply we have displeased of this delay and we apologize with all our hosts who had already reserved the previewed cruises of Costa Smeralda before on 30 November. We hope on board of having them of our new flagship and already we have activated ourselves in order to manage the given new offer of departure".

In the yard of Turku she is under construction also the binoculars Costa Toscana whose construction is started in the end of July with delivery is attended in 2021.

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