AIDAnova's Ems River conveyance nears

AIDAnova is scheduled to leave the Papenburg harbor at 7 a.m. Monday and arrive at Eemshaven 9 a.m. Tuesday AIDAnova is scheduled to leave the Papenburg harbor at 7 a.m. Monday and arrive at Eemshaven 9 a.m. Tuesday PHOTO: Meyer Werft

AIDA Cruises' newest ship, and the world's first LNG-powered cruise vessel, is scheduled to leave Meyer Werft in Papenburg early Monday morning to begin its conveyance along the Ems River to the sea.

Subject to wind, weather and water levels, the ship is expected to leave the yard at around 7 a.m. local time, and to pass the Ems barrier at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, then Emden in the Netherlands at approximately 2:30 a.m. with arrival at Eemshaven estimated at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Sea trials will follow

From there, the ship will undergo several days of technical and nautical trials on the North Sea.

For the many visitors who want to watch this spectacular transit from dikes along the Ems, AIDA Cruises distributes pretzels, croissants, coffee and tea at the Meyer shipyard, Friesen Bridge and Jann Berghaus Bridge.

Careful preparation, safety measures

Ems River pilots are experienced at conducting these conveyances over many years, and the whole team trained at the computerized simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands) to be better prepared for the task. To ensure greater safety, the tug-escorted ship proceeds in reverse up the river to the sea.

AIDAnova was already named as part of a big concert at the Papenburg yard in early September.

Posted 05 October 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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