Nieuw Statendam completes sea trials ahead of launch

Nieuw Statendam completes sea trials ahead of launch

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet, returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy earlier after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the coast.

Nieuw Statendam left Marghera August 10th 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 August 18th, making its way back to Marghera August 22nd where the finishing touches will be completed.

“The sea trials are a highly anticipated milestone for any newbuild because it takes us one step closer to delivery, and we are thrilled that Nieuw Statendam gave a strong performance out in open water,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line president.

“There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Nieuw Statendam and the innovations we’re introducing on board.

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“The ship is going to have an exciting debut in early December.”

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.