On January 23, Costa held a public meeting in Savona in collaboration with the local Municipality and the Western Ligurian Maritime Authority in order to provide the public with clear, transparent information regarding LNG propulsion.
Savona is the homeport of Costa Smeralda, the first Costa cruise ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, a low environmental impact fuel greatly reducing atmospheric emissions both at sea and during port stopovers.
In the Sala Sibilla at the Priamar Fortress, institutions, industry operators and experts took part in an extremely informative debate, moderated by Fit Consulting CEO Massimo Marciani.
In addition to Costa Cruises President Neil Palomba, the institutional panel included Savona Mayor Ilaria Caprioglio, Western Ligurian Maritime Authority Chairman Paolo Emilio Signorini and Jacopo Riccardi, Port and Community Projects Coordinator from the Land, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Department of the Ligurian Regional Administration.
The technical aspects regarding the use of LNG in terms of health, safety and the environment were discussed by ARPAL (Ligurian Regional Environmental Protection Agency) risk analyst Tomaso Vairo, Lazio Regional Health Service Epidemiology Department Director Carla Ancona, Federmetano President Licia Balboni, Gianluca Barducci from Studio Barducci - Environmental and Energy Engineering, RINA (Italian Shipping Register) Marine Business Development Senior Director Andrea Cogliolo and Francesco Petracchini, Design Office Director at the CNR-IIA (Italian National Research Council - Air Pollution Institute). The proceedings were brought to a conclusion by Costa Group Vice President Sustainable Innovation and Infrastructural Development Franco Porcellacchia.