River Conveyance of Norwegian Bliss

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Norwegian Bliss

The new cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line (USA), the Norwegian Bliss, will probably leave Papenburg on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (Netherlands). The ship is planned to arrive in Eemshaven on Thursday morning. Later on the ship will go through several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.

The Ems barrier will be helping the Norwegian Bliss to pass through the river Ems, a procedure which will be kept as short as possible. The following schedule has been drawn up for the conveyance of the new cruise ship, with changes possible at short notice due to the weather and tidal conditions:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Approx. 07.30 pm: ship in waiting position (Papenburg)
Approx. 08.00 pm: ship passes sea lock (Papenburg)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Approx. 02.00 am: ship passes Friesenbrücke (Weener)
Approx. 04.15 am: ship passes the Jann Berghaus bridge (Leer)
Approx. 08.00 am: arrival at the river Ems barrier (Gandersum)
Approx. 10.15 am: ship passes the Ems barrier
Approx. 11.45 am: ship passes Emden

!! All details are subject to the wind, weather and water levels and are therefore without guarantee. Timings can be changed at short notice!!

Once again, a team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for manoeuvring the ship to Eemshaven. The pilots on the river Ems also looked after the MEYER WERFT ships during their passage to the North Sea in previous years. The whole team trained the conveyance at the computerised simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands) to be better prepared for the task.

The Norwegian Bliss will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship. Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.

The cruise ship with 167,800 GRT is one of the largest cruise ships to be built in Ger-many with capacity for about 3,998 passengers. After completing the technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea, the ship will be handed over to the owners on April 19.

Meanwhile, MEYER WERFT continues to work flat out on other ships: building dock II currently houses the AIDAnova which is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2018 for AIDA Cruises (Rostock/Germany).

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