Monday, October 20, 2014

AIDA Christens Kimmel

On Saturday in Hamburg, AIDA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Monika Griefahn christened Hummel, the world’s first LNG (liquefied natural gas) hybrid barge, designed to supply berthed cruise ships with electrical power.

When it’s fully operational next spring, Hummel will be providing a sort of shore power, first to AIDAsol, when its docked in Hamburg. It will produce electricity from the LNG, and supply the cruise ship with power so it can shut down its engines while in port and not burn fuel which would put pollutants into the air. Providing power this way is cleaner than from shore power produced by the power plant burning coal or oil. Hummel is a joint project between AIDA and Becker Marine Systems.

Hummel at Hamburg with AIDAsol

Hummel arriving at Hamburg

As part of the inaugural event, Dr Griefahn helped plug in the connection between Hummel and AIDAsol.
Photos courtesy of Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises. All rights reserved. May not be copied or used without permission.