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.