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LNG-fuelled cruise ship float-out imminent

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Meyer Werft has announced that the first LNG-fuelled cruise ship from AIDA Cruises is scheduled to leave the Meyer Werft covered building dock on 21 August 2018.

The float-out procedure for the AIDAnova vessel is scheduled to begin at approximately 7.00 pm. However, weather conditions or production processes may result in delays or changes to the schedule.

Once the vessel has left the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier, where its mast and funnel cladding will be fitted. Until its passage along the river Ems to the North Sea, which is scheduled to take place at the end of September, the ship will remain berthed in the shipyard harbour. While it is there, it will undergo further outfitting and work on its interior fittings. In addition to this, further LNG testing will be carried out on the vessel’s engines, and acceptance procedures by the ship owners will also take place. At the same time, the ship’s crew (approximately 1400 members) will shortly be carrying out their on-board training. The vessel will welcome its first guests in mid-November this year, immediately after delivery.

In order to enable the vessel to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating part of the Spectrum of the Seas that is currently moored there will be transported to another berth at the shipyard harbour. Once the AIDAnova has undocked, the floating part of the Spectrum of the Seas currently being fitted at the pier will be manoeuvred back to the vacated building dock II, where work will continue.

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