Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship, Norwegian Joy, is readying for her conveyance from Papenburg down the River Ems to Eemshaven on Sunday evening and is scheduled to arrive in Eemshaven on Monday evening.
She will then depart for a series of sea trials in the North Sea where she will be put through her paces to make sure she meets the required standards and specifications that Norwegian Cruise Line had demanded from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.
The conveyance is somewhat a tricky procedure with no room for error with the passage being rather narrow. She will have a team of skilled pilots on hand to guide her as she makes her way along the Ems. These plans are also subject to change with conditions such as wind and weather taken into account.
Below is a schedule of the conveyance for Sunday and Monday:
Sunday, 26 March 2017
approx. 20:30 hrs Ship in waiting position (Papenburg)
approx. 21:00 hrs Passing the dock sluice (Papenburg)
Monday, March 27, 2017
approx. 01:45 hrs Passing the Weener Bridge (Weener)
approx. 04:00 hrs Passing the Jann-Berghaus-Bridge (empty)
approx. 08.30 hrs Arrival Emssperrwerk (Gandersum)
approx. 12:45 hrs Pass Emssperrwerk
The transferring of Norwegian Joy to Eemshaven will be carried out by the Emden team. The team charged with this operation have had ample training on the computer simulator in Wageningen, The Netherlands, in order to be prepared as best as possible.
Norwegian Joy will take Emsfahrt in the direction of the North Sea where this type of transfer has proved itself due to its improved maneuverability. Norwegian Joy will have the aid of two tugs during the conveyance process.
Once she arrives in Eemshaven on Monday evening, she will undertake short tests on the Aussems (Outer Ems) before her sea trials begin in the North Sea.
The 167,800grt ship will be able to accomodate 4200 passengers and has been designed specifically for the Chinese market where she will be based. She is scheduled to be handed over to her owners, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) on 27th April before departing for her new home in China and Asia.
Feature Image: Meyer Werft
Source: Meyer Werft
Image of plan: Meyer Werft