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Friday, September 27, 2019 

Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, says that its new cruise ship for US company Norwegian Cruise Line is scheduled to shortly leave the yard to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (Netherlands).

The ship, Norwegian Encore, will then go through technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea before handover at the end of October in Bremerhaven.

The Ems barrier will be helping Norwegian Encore to pass through the river Ems, a procedure which will be kept as short as possible. The ship will proceed in reverse, for ease of manoeuvring, assisted by two tugs. A team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for manoeuvring the ship to Eemshaven. The whole team has used the simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands) in preparation for the task.

The 169,300 grt Norwegian Encore is one of the largest cruise ships to be built in Germany, with capacity for about 4,004 passengers.

Meanwhile, Meyer Werft continues to work on other ships: building dock II currently houses the Iona which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020 for P&O Cruises and Odyssey of the Seas for Royal Caribbean International with delivery in autumn 2020, while Spirit of Adventure, for Saga Cruises, is being completed in building dock I ahead of delivery this year.

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