Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet, returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy last week after successfully completing two sets of sea trials.
The 2,666-guest Nieuw Statendam left Marghera on 10 August and performed the first set of sea trials over two days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where the trial’s data was reviewed and standard hull maintenance was performed. The ship sailed its second sea trials on 18 August, making its way back to Marghera four days later where the finishing touches will be completed.
“The sea trials are a highly anticipated milestone for any new build because it takes us one step closer to delivery, and we’re thrilled that Nieuw Statendam gave a strong performance out in open water,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president.
“There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Nieuw Statendam and the innovations we’re introducing on board. The ship is going to have an exciting debut in early December.”
Holland America Line President, Orlando Ashford.
During the sea trials, Nieuw Statendam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. The shipyard’s team of nautical officers, naval architects and builders tested the ship’s manoeuvring characteristics and safety systems.
Due for delivery on 01 December 2018, Nieuw Statendam will cruise the Caribbean in winter and then move to northern Europe, Iceland and the Mediterranean in summer during its inaugural year.
While much of the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten.
For more information, see hollandamerica.com.
Lead image – Nieuw Statendam undertaking sea trials off the coast of Italy.