New Holland America Line ship completes trials

New Holland America Line ship completes trials

Holland America Line’s new ship Koningsdam has completed two sets of sea trails ahead of its planned delivery in April.

The 2,659-passenger vessel is the first of a new Pinnacle Class of ship for the line which a range of new facilities including a 270-degree LED projection and purpose-built family cabins.

The vessel returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy on Saturday after completing two sets of sea trials.

Koningsdam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines during the trials. The finishing touches to the ship are now being completed.

Koningsdam’s captian-designate, Emiel de Vries, has not yet taken command of the ship, but he participated in testing its manoeuvring characteristics and safety systems together with the shipyard’s team of naval architects and builders.

Holland America Line president, Orlando Ashford, said: “Koningsdam is a new class of ship for Holland America Line, so everyone was eager to get the ship out in the open water for the first time on sea trials. 

"Koningsdam delivered a strong performance and is now back at the ship yard for the final phase of work in anticipation of the early April delivery.”

The ship’s naming ceremony is due to take place on May 20 in Rotterdam.

Koningsdam will sail in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Caribbean in its first year of service.


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