German cruise line AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, signed an agreement with marine battery supplier Corvus Energy, regarding the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet. The agreement, signed August 20, is another significant step in Carnival Corporation’s leadership in environmentally friendly ship design and operations.

AIDA Cruises says that the goal of the partnership is to allow for the practical use of electrical energy from battery storage systems onboard large cruise ships. The pilot program in electrification will test the system’s use of stored battery power for emission-free ship operation for an extended period as well as to meet onboard energy needs. Following the pilot electrification program aboard an AIDA vessel, the effort will expand to Carnival Corporation’s Italian brand, Costa Cruises.

Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy will supply the batteries to help Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” strategy, which includes the introduction of new technologies, approaches and investments in sustainable cruising.

Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia, said of the partnership. “Our goal is to reach emission-neutral ship operation. The electrification of our ships is another important step on this path. Thanks to the cooperation with Corvus Energy, in just a few months AIDA Cruises will for the first time launch this innovative technology on a large cruise ship.”