Rostock (dpa) - For the first time, a cruise ship has been awarded the environmental seal "Blue Angel".

For the equipment of their ship "Aidanova" with the less polluting liquefied natural gas drive (LNG) the Rostocker cruise ship operator Aida Cruises received the "Blue Angel" for "environmentally friendly ship design". The sign is the environmental seal of the Federal Government.

"We hope this will have a positive impact on environmental health and safety in the industry," said Ralf-Rainer Braun, Chairman of the Jury, in a statement. The use of LNG technology is so far unique in the cruise industry worldwide.

Cruise shipping is among other things because of the use of heavy oil and correspondingly high emission levels as particularly harmful to the environment.

In view of the climate protection discussion, it would be "not so easy" to award the seal to a cruise ship, said Braun. But it is important to use new, less harmful technologies to dispel negative arguments against this industry.

As Wolfgang Hintzsche of the Association of German Shipowners said, "Aidanova" is the tenth ship to receive the "Blue Angel". However, the previous carriers are usually smaller passenger ferries in the Wadden Sea.

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