Carnival executive director Arnold Donald has announced the company will maintain its incorporation in Panama and vessels’ registration in the Panamanian legal regime
“The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), expresses its gratitude for Carnival’s decision in maintaining trade relations for over half a century with our institution,” said AMP administrator Noriel Arauz.
Carnival has 20 cruise ships flying the flag of Panama with the latest, Mardi Gras, under construction at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland.
“It was a privilege for the Panama Merchant Marine to flag Mardi Gras, the 20th Carnival cruise vessel registered in Panama. The cruise vessel is a pioneer and the first cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas, which will significantly reduce air emissions with the shipping’s industry most advanced fuel technology,” commented Mr Arauz.
Mardi Gras will have a capacity of 6,630 people and is expected to be delivered at the end of October.
It will be the first representative of Carnival’s XL-class, a subclass of Excellence-class, and two more sister ships are expected to be delivered beginning in 2022. At 180,000 gt, it will be the largest ship in the Carnival fleet.
Mardi Gras is named after the almost 50-year history of the Carnival company. In 1972 it inaugurated its first vessel TSS Mardi Gras.