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As AIDAnova leaves Meyer building dock, Spectrum section moves in

PHOTO: Meyer Werft
AIDAnova shortly before leaving Meyer's covered building dock on Tuesday evening
AIDAnova, the world's first LNG-propelled cruise vessel, left Meyer Werft's covered building dock on Tuesday night, making room for a section of Spectrum of the Seas.

At around 7:30 p.m., three tugboats started manoeuvring the 183,900gt AIDA Cruises ship out of the hall and into the Meyer shipyard's harbor. AIDAnova was fast at the outfitting pier about 90 minutes later.

Ems conveyance set for late September

Meyer Werft said the cruise vessel will remain in the harbor until the end of September when its passage along the Ems River to the North Sea is scheduled. From today, several external components, including the mast and funnel cladding, will be fitted.

AIDAnova is also expected to leave the outfitting pier briefly later this week for testing of its stabilizers. Interior outfitting work also continues, and further testing of the engine systems is planned as well. Most of this testing, however, will be done with gasiform natural gas only. The first LNG bunkering of AIDAnova is scheduled to take place at Eemshaven on the North Sea coast as the ship is prepared for sea trials.

The christening of AIDA's latest ship is set for Papenburg on Aug. 31.

Making way for Quantum Ultra newbuild

AIDAnova's place in the covered building dock is going to be taken over by the 347-meter Spectrum of the Seas, due for delivery in spring 2019. A floating section of Royal Caribbean's Quantum Ultra newbuild had to be moved from Meyer's outfitting pier to make room for AIDAnova. This section will now be manoeuvred into the building dock to be joined with the rest of Spectrum's sections.