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