The new cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line (USA), the Norwegian Joy, left Papenburg on Sunday, 26 March 2017, was conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (Netherlands). Later on the ship will go through several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.
A team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for bringing the ship through this manoeuvre. The pilots on the river Ems also looked after the MEYER WERFT ships during their passage to the North Sea in previous years. The whole team trained the manoeuvre at the computerised simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands) to be better prepared for the task.
The Norwegian Joy will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship. Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.
The cruise liner with 168,750 GRT is one of the largest cruise ships to be built in Germany with capacity for about 4,200 passengers. After completing the technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea, the ship will be handed over to the owners on April 27 before setting off for Asia, where it will be serving the growing cruise market in China.
Meanwhile, MEYER WERFT continues to work flat out on other ships: building dock II currently houses the World Dream which is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2017 for the Asian Dream Cruises shipping company (Hong Kong).
Reference: Kallis Video Production, meyerwerft.de