September 26, 2019 -The newest cruise ship from the American shipping company Norwegian Cruise Line is called Norwegian Encore. The MEYER shipyard in Papenburg is expected to adopt the new building for the Emspassage on September 26, 2019. Norwegian Encore will reach its destination Eemshaven on Wednesday next week. Following the Ems overpass, the technical and nautical tests on the North Sea are due.
The Norwegian Encore, measured at 169.145 GT, is one of the largest cruise ships built in Germany. The passenger capacity is put at 4.004. The Emden pilot brothers will transfer the ship. The Emslotsen traditionally provide the shipyard captain of the MEYER shipyard. In order to be prepared for all eventualities, the transfer team trained the maneuvers of the Ems passage on the computer-controlled simulator in Wageningen / Netherlands. Two tugs assist with the passage. Because of the better maneuverability, the ship will sail the Ems backwards.
Norwegian Encore - spectacular hull painting © Norwegian Cruise Line
Following the transfer, the technical and nautical sea trials will take place on the North Sea. The shipyard plans to hand over the ship to the Norwegian Cruise Line shipping company in Bremerhaven at the end of October.
The following schedule applies to the Emspassage: Depending on the weather and tide conditions, short-term shifts are possible:
Monday September 30th
- 18pm Ship in waiting position (Papenburg)
- 22:00pm Passing the dock lock (Papenburg)
Tuesday, 1. October
- 03:30am Passing the Weener Bridge (Weener)
- 05:45 am passing the Jann-Berghaus-Bridge (Leer)
- 09am Arrival Ems Barrage (Gandersum)
- 15pm Passing the Ems Barrage
- 16:30pm Passing Emden
MEYER Werft is currently working on the following ships: Segments of the Iona (P&O Cruises) and the Odyssey of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International). In the smaller building dock I, the Spirit of Adventure worked for Saga Cruises. The three ships will be delivered in the coming year.