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MV Zuiderdam – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9221279

MV Zuiderdam

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Piraeus, 12/06/2015)

Steel twin Azipod ‘Vista Class’ motor vessel built in 2002 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani S.p.A. Marghera , Italy (Yard No 6075) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 285.23 m (overall) 254 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 32.25 m
    Depth: 10.80 m
    Draught: 7.8 m
    Tonnage: 81769 gross/41640 net/10965t deadweight
    Engines: 1 x GELM2500 gas turbine, 3 x 16-cylinder Wärtsilä ZAV40S diesels, 2 x 12 –  cylinder Wärtsilä ZAV40S diesels.
    Power: 35200 kW/
    Propulsion: 2 x ABB “AMZ 1250ZM12 LAEZ” Azipod units (17.6MW combined)
    Speed: 22 knots
    Passenger Decks: 11
    Capacity: 1968 passengers (2338 max)
    Crew: 976/880
    Call Sign: PBIG
    MMSI Number: 245304000
    IMO Number: 9221279
    Port of Registry: Rotterdam/The Netherlands 🇳🇱
    Sister Ships: Arcadia (6078), Oosterdam (6076), Noordam (6079), Westerdam (6077)

Current AIS Location

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The ship is the first of an entirely new class of cruise ships called the ‘Vista’ series.

December 14th 2001: Launched.

December 14th 2002: Christened by American broadcaster Joan Lunden at Port Everglades.

December 20th 2002: Delivered to HAL Netherlands NV. Manager: Holland America Line NV, Rotterdam.

February 2005: Together with HAL’s ZAANDAM and VEENDAM chartered as Hotel Ships for Super Bowl final in Jacksonville, U.S.A..

October – April: Operates a southern Caribbean itinerary. From May to September, the vessel travels to Alaska or the Northern Europe/Baltic region.

© Derek Longly

© Derek Longly (Newcastle, 02/07/2016)

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster 

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 16/06/2018)

June 9th 2019: The ship’s departure from the Kiel was delayed when members of climate activist group used smaller boats, blocking the seaport.

April 16th 2023: Called at Dover.

© Craig Nelson  © Craig Nelson© Craig Nelson

© Craig Nelson (Dover 16/04/2023)

May 27th 2023: Called at Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Derek Longly, Craig Nelson and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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