The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has welcomed its first LNG-fuelled passenger ship, Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest vessel, Mardi Gras, to the Flag, says an article published in BunkerSpot.
Voyages to the Caribbean
As previously reported, Mardi Gras will be operating out of Port Canaveral with voyages to the Caribbean and will spend much of her time in the ports of The Bahamas.
“As the world’s largest flag for passenger ships, and indeed for LNG vessels as well, we are an ideal partner for owners with ships transporting, or powered by, LNG,” said Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Managing Director and CEO of the BMA.
“We have a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of both sectors and we continue to be an advocate on matters pertaining to both on the international regulatory stage.”
Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said the move to The Bahamas Maritime Authority ‘makes business sense for a number of reasons’.
Duffy said: “The Bahamas will be a frequent destination for Mardi Gras, and we are pleased to bring this new level of environmental sustainability to the many ports in The Bahamas and the Caribbean that the ship and our guests and crew will be visiting.”
The Mardi Gras will be bunkered by the Q-LNG 4000 bunker barge constructed in cooperation with LNG fuel supplier Shell Trading Company and Q-LNG Transport.
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