Port Canaveral to welcome first liquified natural gas-powered cruise ship in North America

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Port Canaveral crews are preparing for the arrival of the Mardi Gras, which will be first liquified natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ship in operation in North America.

The Mardi Gras’ arrival will also make its homeport in Brevard County, the first in the county to become an LNG cruise port.

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“She delivered out of the yard a month ago, and they still have some work they are doing on the ship,” said Canaveral Port Authority CEO Capt. John Murray.

With the U.S. cruise industry at a standstill, there’s no hurry.

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Liquified natural gas is odorless, colorless, and plentiful. Port officials also said it’s safe and they have precautions in place, including a new firefighting vessel.

There are also applications for LNG beyond the cruise industry.

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Two rocket engines that are being designed right now by Blue Origin and SpaceX are both LNG-burning rocket engines.

At some point, there’s going to be a big demand for LNG.

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