HAL-Holland America Line’s newest ship - ms Nieuw Rotterdam, returned in the evening of May 6 to Fincantieri’s Marghera (Venice, Italy) shipyard, after successfully completing 2 sets of sea trials off the Adriatic coast of the country.
MS Nieuw Rotterdam left Marghera shipyard on April 25 and performed the preliminary sea trials over a couple of days before going into drydock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard where pre-delivery hull maintenance and painting were performed.
The vessel started official sea trials on May 3. The final steps in the construction process will now be completed. Rotterdam is due for delivery on July 30.
During her sea trials, ms Rotterdam underwent rigorous performance tests on the vessel's systems, engines, and machinery. Capt. Werner Timmers, Staff Capt. Kevin Beirnaert, acting Chief Engineer Stefan Dullaert along with other members of the designated senior bridge and engineering teams participated in testing the HAL ship’s maneuvering characteristics and safety systems via a collaboration with the yard’s team of builders, engineers, and naval architects.