Holland America Line celebrated the keel-laying of a new Pinnacle Class cruiseship – the company’s largest-ever ship – at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy recently.
The 99,500 gt ship which will be able to carry 2,650 passengers will be LR classed and is due for delivery in February 2016.
A 680-ton block was lowered into the shipyard’s building dock to mark the start of construction of the as-yet unnamed vessel which will be the fifteenth in the Holland America Line fleet.
The ceremony was presided over by Holland America’s Senior Vice President, Fleet Operations, Keith Taylor, and Cyril Tatar, Vice President, Newbuild and Technical Operations. LR was represented by Davide Cargnelli, Team Leader at the Marghera Site Office, Susan Pike, Senior Surveyor, Federico Renaldi, Surveyor, and Joshua Evans, Trainee Surveyor.
The 297-metre-long vessel will feature a number of exciting new elements and innovations and will be the first Holland America Line vessel to comply with Safe Return to Port regulations. An emissions abatement system is planned to be fitted, allowing the vessel to operate freely in Emission Control Areas (ECAs).
LR Senior Surveyor Susan Pike commented: “We are really looking forward to working with Holland America Line again and to seeing their latest project come to life.”