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Costa Cruises Invests 22 Million Euros in Fleet Maintenance

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Costa Cruises, one of Italyís largest tourism groups, is continuing to invest in the quality and sustainability of its fleet.

In the space of just three months no less than five Costa ships were dry-docked to carry out scheduled maintenance. Costa Cruises has invested around 22 million euros (approximately HK$ 221.5 million) in this planned maintenance work.

Operations were carried out on the Costa Serena, the Costa Europa, the Costa Atlantica (in Palermo), the Costa Romantica (in Genoa) and the Costa Fortuna (in Trieste), from the end of October 2008 to the end of January 2009.

In particular, the Costa Serena (114,500 gross tonnage and guest capacity of 3780), the companyís and the Italian passenger fleetís flagship, was the last Costa ship to be dry-docked - from 28 January to 11 February 2009 - in Fincantieriís Palermo shipyard.

Two of the key improvements being made on the Costa Serena are specific shipboard energy and fuel-saving measures.

 One involves the installation of special air conditioning regulators, a system already in use on the Costa Fortuna. These devices are designed to increase the efficiency of the air conditioning system in public areas: the airflow adjusts automatically according to the number of people in the room and based on the outside temperature.

The other operation involves the application of a special ecological silicone-based coating that inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the hullís surface without releasing toxic substances into the sea, thereby enhancing hydrodynamic performance while reducing environmental impact.

The other work being performed on the Costa Serena, and on four other Costa ships, involves routine maintenance, which is carried out on each vessel every two years to maintain the high quality standards of the companyís fleet and to comply with Italian and international safety regulations.

This maintenance involves the Hull & Engine Section and the Hotel Section. As far as the latter is concerned, the scheduled operations include the replacement of carpeting, curtains, upholstery and other items and materials subject to wear and tear in the public areas.

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