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MEYER WERFT READIES ITSELF FOR 'IONA' FLOAT-OUT

Thursday, February 13, 2020 

The German Meyer Werft shipyard says that the cruise ship 'Iona' will, subject to weather conditions, leave the covered building dock II at the Papenburg yard in the night of 13/14 February.

The 184,000 grt, 344,5m long vessel is being built for P&O Cruises of the UK, and will have capacity for 5,200 passengers. After leaving the dock, Iona will berth at the outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding and then remain in the shipyard for further out-fitting work and on-board trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is expected to take place end of March.

For Iona to be able to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating section (engine room unit) of Odyssey of the Seas that is currently moored here will have to be moved to another berth in the shipyard port. Once Spectrum of the Seas has left the dock, the floating part for Odyssey of the Seas, which is due for completion in autumn 2020, will be manoeuvred back into the free covered building dock II for further construction work.

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