The future of cruise propulsion:
Increasingly, LNG fuels newbuilds
By Tom Stieghorst
The notion of cruise ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), once the stuff of science fiction, is rapidly
becoming a reality.
The first contract
for such a ship was
signed by Germany’s
Aida Cruises just a
year ago, but there
are now 11 orders for
and one study predicted there could be as
many as 25 by 2025.
The boom includes two ships ordered
last week by Carnival Corp. for its Carnival
Cruise Line brand. Starting in 2020, Car-
nival will use the super-cold fuel to power
a 5,200-passenger ship, making it the first
cruise vessel in North America to use LNG
and the largest Carni-
val ship built to date.
The trend is being
driven by environmental rules designed
to reduce sulfur emission from ships’ exhausts. Natural gas
produces almost no
sulfur when burned.
At current prices, natural gas is also cheaper than some types of diesel fuel, especially in
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Lower Manhattan has seen its share of trauma
in the last 15 years — the devastation of
9/11, the financial meltdown of 2008 and the
floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy — yet what
has arisen from the ashes and tribulations is a
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Airbnb issues a new policy:
Zero tolerance of host bias
By Danny King
Airbnb last week updated its nondiscrimination policy to prohibit
hosts from denying a stay request
based on race, ethnicity, national
origin, gender, sexual orientation
or disability. It also prohibits hosts
from posting any statements indicating a preference for or against
guests based on those factors.
The policy changes mark the realization of
the company’s announcement three months
ago that it would more forcefully address the
growing number of allegations that many
hosts had been discriminating against minority guests.
Hosts who violate the policy now risk being suspended or removed from Airbnb.
On Oct. 1, Airbnb will debut its Open
Doors program, under which a company
team will arrange bookings at “a similar
place to stay” on Airbnb for anyone who alleges that a host discriminated against them.
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