MV Rotterdam (VII)
© Hans Esveldt (Rotterdam, 15/10/2021)
Steel twin azipod “Pinnacle Class” motor vessel built in 2021 by Fincantieri Cant. Nav. Italiani S.p.A. , Porto Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6278) as a Passenger ship.
- Length: 299.80 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 35.0 m
Draught: 8.30 m
Tonnage: 99935 gross/68105 net/9000 t deadweight
Engines: 4 x MaK 12V43C diesel electric
Power: 5400 kW/HP
Speed: 22.2 knots
Capacity: 2668 passengers
Call Sign: PGDW
MMSI Number: 245464000
IMO Number: 9837470
Port of Registry: Rotterdam/The Netherlands 🇳🇱
Sister-Ship: Koningsdam (6241), Nieuw Statendam (6244)
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Third ship of the “Pinnacle Class” and the seventh ship to be named ROTTERDAM
March 13th 2019: First steel cut.
April 7th 2019: Holland America Line announced the ship would bear the name RYNDAM in honour of the name’s history with the cruise line.
October 3rd 2019: The first hull block was floated out to sea from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo.
November 21st 2019: Keel laid in Marghera, where the rest of the ship’s hull blocks would be assembled.
July 30th 2020: Announced that RYNDAM would be renamed ROTTERDAM in honour of the 1997-built ROTTERDAM.
October 2nd 2020: Coin ceremony (“A coin ceremony is a traditional shipbuilding event that takes place during an early stage of a ship’s construction. Typically, one or more madrinas — literally godmothers, women who are chosen to represent the cruise line and the shipyard — are selected to place two newly minted commemorative coins under a keel block, or in the mast. The coins are then welded to the keel or mast and become part of the cruise ship. The coins serve as a symbol of good luck, and the structure they are placed inside of is typically blessed by a priest, similar to the blessing of a complete ship during its inauguration ceremony.”.)
October 7th 2020: Floated out.
July 30th 2021: Delivered.
April 23rd 2021: Planned sea trial postponed,
April 25th 2021: Began her sea trials. The process took 11 days.
May 6th 2021: Returned to Marghera
July 29th 2021: Delivered to Carnival Corp., Rotterdam. Managed by Holland America Line NV, Seattle WA.
September 10th 2021: Maiden arrival in Ijmuiden.
September 13th 2021: From IJmuiden to the anchorage at Scheveningen.
October 20th 2021: Sailed her first voyage 14-day transatlantic crossing between Amsterdam and Port Everglades For her inaugural season, sailed in the Caribbean before returning to Europe in April 2022.
© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 01/05/2022)
© Fabian Vornholt (Kiel, 19/05/2022)
May 30th 2022: Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands christened the vessel in her home port of Rotterdam.
April 17th 2023: Called at Dover.
🆕 © Craig Nelson (Dover, 17/04/2023)
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