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Thursday, May 28, 2020 

German shipyard Meyer Werft says that its latest newbuild, cruise ship 'Iona', which is currently undergoing final fitting out in Bremerhaven, will be drydocked in Rotterdam for "inspection work" before handover to owner P&O Cruises.

Iona will leave its current pier on 30 May with arrival in Rotterdam scheduled for 2 June. The passage from Bremerhaven to the Netherlands will be used for technical and nautical trials in the North Sea. The yard says that on board, everyone is working hand in hand to complete the 50th cruise ship built by Meyer Werft. This outfitting work has continued since the ship was transferred over the river Ems. Nevertheless, says the yard, the corona crisis is causing considerable restrictions in the final fitting out of Iona.

After work on board had to be temporarily interrupted in March due to the pandemic, the Hafenärztlicher Dienst (Port Medical Service), Bremerhaven Port Authority and the shipyard drew up a joint plan to allow continuation of outfitting work under corona protection conditions. Meyer Werft and P&O Cruises are currently in discussion about a final delivery date.

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