The Arvia, the second British cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), made her debut in Lisbon on January 3 on her 14-day maiden voyage. This is one of the 28 ships ordered until 2028 powered by alternative fuels, is, after her sister, the Iona, which debuted in Lisbon in October 2021, the second P&O Cruises Excel class ship to be powered by LNG, currently the lowest emission fossil fuel available in the marine industry.
During her stay in Lisbon, the usual welcome ceremony took place and joined the port Authority, the Cruise Terminal Operator, Lisbon Cruise Port, the Customs and the Harbour Master, together with the Captain Robert Camby, and tugboats from Portugs escorted the ship alongside the Tagus river.
It is a great honor to welcome such a technologically advanced ship since the environmental issues are one of the top priorities of the port Authority for the next years. The project to implement the electricity supply solution (OPS- Onshore Power Supply, campaigns for monitoring water and air quality in the area of influence of the Terminal and participation in the study Determination of the Impact of Cruise Ship Traffic on Urban Air Quality promoted by CLIA Europe in partnership with Universitat Rovira I Virgili, from Tarragona are some of the actions that are being taken regarding the environmental policy in place.
The year 2023 will be a record year, according to the calls announced and we expect to welcome around 25 ships for the first time.