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Norwegian Getaway sails for the Netherlands ahead of launch

Norwegian Getaway sails for the Netherlands ahead of launch

Marking another key milestone in the ship’s delivery, Norwegian Getaway has successfully completed her conveyance along the Ems River.

Sailing backwards and taking approximately 1.5 hours, Norwegian Getaway left MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany, and made the narrow passage through the ship yard’s locks with only 1.6 meters clearance separating the ship from the “bumpers” that were specially installed along the starboard side of the locks.

The precise navigation, at a maximum speed of only 0.2 knots, was led by a team of two located on the bridge, with one navigation officer in charge of overseeing the bow manoeuvres and the other overseeing the movement of the stern.

After passing through the locks, Norwegian Getaway continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, travelling stern first helps with manoeuvrability which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

Norwegian Getaway has now reached her destination in Eemshaven, Netherlands where she will go through the final stages of construction before her launch in January 2014.