Holland America Line’s newest ship, Rotterdam, has returned to Fincantieri’s (Venice) shipyard on Thursday after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the country’s Adriatic coast.
The ship commenced its second sea trial on 3 May, returning to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard on 6 May, where the final steps in the construction process will be completed.
Commenting, Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, said: “The successful completion of sea trials gives us great confidence as we head into the final weeks of outfitting for Rotterdam and prepare for delivery of this historic ship.”
“Construction of Rotterdam has continued through the global challenges of the past year with Fincantieri maintaining the highest level of dedication to staying on schedule. Congratulations to everyone involved for completing this significant milestone.”
During sea trials, Rotterdam underwent a series of rigorous performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. Captain Werner Timmers, Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert, acting Chief Engineer Stefan Dullaert and other members of Rotterdam’s designated senior bridge and engineering teams participated in testing the ship’s maneuvering characteristics and safety systems in collaboration with the shipyard’s team of naval architects, engineers and builders.
Rotterdam is scheduled for delivery 30 July 2021.