Costa Enters Second Three-Way Agreement in Singapore

Costa Cruises has announced that it has entered its second three-way agreement with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Changi Airport Group (CAG). Costa stated that the three-year partnership will leverage its global presence, Singapore’s cruise hub status and Changi Airport’s air hub connectivity to further enhance Southeast Asia’s appeal as a cruise destination.

The partnership will see joint-marketing initiatives rolled out in different countries where Costa operates worldwide. It is expected to bring in over 100,000 international fly and cruise visitors to Singapore over three years.

Costa currently has four ships deployed in Asia year round. The Costa Fortuna, which has a total capacity of 3,470 guests and is sailing in the Far East, will be homeported at Singapore from mid-November 2018 to March 2019.

In 2017, Singapore welcomed 421 ship calls and logged a passenger throughput of 1.38 million. This represents an increase of 3 percent and 17 percent respectively over 2016 figures, according to Costa.

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New Technology: Carnival LNG Bunkering

Cardissa (Photo credit: Kees Helder, Helderline)

With the AIDAnova slated to start regular service in the Canary Islands in December, Carnival Corporation has been working on the LNG bunkering processes and procedures not only for the new AIDA ship but also for the Costa and Carnival ships that will follow.

Carnival has contracted Shell to supply AIDA and Costa with LNG in Northern and Southern Europe and Carnival in Southern Florida. A bunkering solution for P&O’s new ships, which will also be LNG-fueled, was in the discussion stage, according to Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs.

“Because of the volume we are going to consume, LNG will be supplied by a bunker vessel,” he continued. “Shell already has a bunker vessel, the Cardissa based out of Rotterdam, and has another vessel under contract that is currently being adapted to bunkering.

“There are only six bunkering vessels for LNG in the world of which two will be dedicated to our trade going forward.”

A barge is under construction for bunkering in South Florida that will be ready by the first quarter of 2021.

The LNG capacity of the new cruise ships will be 3,620 cubic meters in three tanks, Strang said. “The typical maximum bunkering load we can take will be just over 3,000 cubic meters which should take from six to 10 hours, a little bit longer than traditional bunkering, but not significantly so.”

The ships will be dual fuel, meaning that will also carry MGO onboard as a pilot fuel and also to satisfy the safe return to port requirements.

In order to bunker, Shell needs approval permits in every port, Strang explained. He described it as a complex process where Shell has to run risk and hazard assessments together with the ports and authorities, unlike bunkering HFO or MGO that do not require a similar approval process.

“As part of the process we have gone through with Shell we have developed a very specific bunkering protocol,” Strang said.

The cruise line’s class society must also approve the procedures as must the class society for the bunkering vessel along with the port and local authorities before permits are granted.

Strang added: “If we had waited until the infrastructure was there before placing orders we would only now be thinking about possible orders. We took the view that this is the best fuel available for environmental performance and a number of other reasons, and then we entered into partnerships to build the infrastructure when and where we need it.”

Costa Cruises Partners with Juventus

Costa and Juventus

Costa Cruises today announced a new partnership with Italian football club Juventus.

As Juventus’ Official Cruise in Asia, Costa Cruises will offer a Juventus experience onboard its Costa Asia Fleet.

Guests may view Juventus content anytime from TV in each cabin, learn about Juventus’ history and check out related memorabilia at the well decorated “Juventus Museum” corner, and pick up Juventus branded souvenirs at the Juventus Shop.

Costa Cruises’ ships will also feature a branded mini club, where adults may relax while kids play with Juventus’ Official mascot, Jay. The highlight of the onboard football experience is a Juventus training program for those from 5 to 14 years old, who may sign up for regardless of technical level. The training program is modelled after Juventus’ soccer school Juventus Academy, and will be managed by trained coaches from Juventus.

“As a pioneer in Asia’s cruise industry, Costa Cruises continuously strives to create new and exciting onboard experiences that delight our guests and exceed their expectations,” said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Group Asia. “Our landmark partnership with Italian football giant Juventus not only enriches our onboard offerings, but also further accentuates Costa Cruises’ Italian DNA. We look forward to exploring innovative partnerships with other iconic Italian brands to bring Italian culture to life for our guests.”

“This partnership represents the meeting of two Italian forces of overseas excellence: Juventus and Costa Cruises,” explained Giorgio Ricci, Juventus Co-Chief Revenue Officer & Head of Business Partnership – “An agreement that is testimony to the great attention of our Club to a market growing like the Asian one, in which the passion for football and for the Bianconeri colors is constantly expanding. Costa Cruises is definitely an ideal Partner with whom to develop joint entertainment activities. “