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AIDA Cruises receives the Innovation Award of German Gas Industry With AIDAnova and the concept of Green Cruising, AIDA sets new standards – that’s what the jury says.

On the evening of November 22, 2018, the associations of the gas  industry presented the German Gas Industry Innovation Award for the 20th time  in Berlin. AIDA Cruises was honored in the category Mobility & Transport for  building the world’s first LNG cruise ship, AIDAnova, as part of its “Green  Cruising” concept.

In their statement, the jury explained that AIDA  Cruises is a trailblazer for the use of low-emission liquefied natural gas  (LNG) in the cruise industry. With AIDAnova, the company is putting the world's  first ship into service that can be powered with LNG both ashore and at sea. At  present, LNG is the lowest emission fossil fuel available for ships.

AIDA Cruises has been researching and exploring the practical use of  low-emission LNG in the cruise industry for over 10 years.
  Year after year, the company invests millions of euros in the  development and implementation of new, more efficient environmental technologies  on board its ships. As early as 2011, AIDA Cruises commissioned the construction  of the world’s first cruise ships that can be supplied with LNG at port. Following  this, in 2015, the decision was made to build the first cruise ships that can  be powered with LNG at port and at sea. 
  In addition to AIDAnova, to be put into service in December 2018, two  more of these innovative cruise ships will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard  in Papenburg by 2023. The use of LNG virtually eliminates emissions of particulate  matter and sulfur oxides. Nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions are sustainably  reduced.

At the “Zukunftswerkstatt ERDGAS – Marktplatz der Innovationen” (Natural  Gas Future Workshop – Marketplace of Innovations), which also took place on  November 22, 2018, in Berlin, AIDA Cruises informed audience members from  government, business and science about the use of LNG for cruise ships and the  subject of shoreside power. The company plans to retrofit all ships in its fleet  for supply with shoreside power by 2020 – another important “Green Cruising”  initiative.

More information on AIDA’s commitment to environmental protection can be  found in the annually published sustainability report “AIDA cares” at

Information on AIDA Cruises’ diverse cruise program is  available at travel agencies, at the AIDA Customer Center at +49 (0) 381/20 27  07 07, or online at


About the German Gas Industry Innovation Award:

Currently under the auspices of Anja Karliczek (CDU), Federal Minister  of Education and Research, the German Gas Industry Innovation Award has been  presented for twenty years now. The award categories are innovative products,  efficient energy concepts, research and development, and mobility and  transport. There is also a special award for start-ups. The award aims to  recognize developments and concepts that prove to be exceptionally innovative  for industry, trade, or science. The gas industry associations include the  Association for the Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Use of Energy  (ASUE), the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German  Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW), and the  initiative Zukunft ERDGAS e. V.

Rostock, November 23, 2018