MIAMI, Feb 5: Costa, Europeâ€™s Number One Cruise Line, invested approximately 22 million Euros in the past three months for maintenance on five of the 12 ships in its fleet. Ships that were dry-docked for maintenance included the Costa Serena, Costa Europa, Costa Atlantica, Costa Romantica and Costa Concordia. Operations were carried out on the Costa Serena, the Costa Europa, the Costa Atlantica (in Palermo), the Costa Romantica (in Genoa) and the Costa Concordia (in Trieste) from the end of October 2008 to the end of January 2009.
The Costa Serena was dry-docked from Jan 28 through Feb 11, 2009 in Fincantieriâ€™s Palermo shipyard. Two of the key improvements made on the Costa Serena included specific shipboard energy and fuel saving measures. One involved 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 systems in public areas with airflow adjusting automatically according to the number of people in the room and based on the outside temperature. The other operation involved the application of a special ecological silicone-based coating that inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the hullâ€™s surface without releasing toxic substances into the sea. This enhances hydrodynamic performance while reducing environmental impact given the subsequent decrease in fuel consumption.
Additional maintenance performed on the Costa Serena and on the four other Costa ships in dry dock was routine and is carried out on each vessel every two years to maintain high quality standards of the companyâ€™s fleet and to comply with Italian and international safety regulations. This maintenance involves the hull and engine section and the hotel section. Scheduled hotel operations include the replacement of carpeting, curtains, upholstery and other items and materials subject to wear and tear in the public areas.