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Monday, March 18, 2019 

Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, reports that its most recent newbuild for Royal Caribbean International of the USA, 'Spectrum of the Seas', is expected to leave the yard on 19 March 2019 to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (Netherlands).

The ship is planned to arrive in Eemshaven on the morning of 21 March, after which she will undertake several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.

The Ems barrier will be helping Spectrum of the Seas to pass through the river Ems, a procedure which will be kept as short as possible. The schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather and tidal conditions, as water levels are critical for passage down the Ems and under Jann Berghaus bridge at Leer.

A team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for manoeuvring the ship to Eemshaven. Pilots on the river Ems have looked after many other Meyer Werft ships during their passage to the North Sea. The conveyance has been pre-planned on the computerised simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands).

From Eemshaven, Spectrum of the Seas will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship. Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.

The 169,300 grt cruise ship is one of the largest such vessels to be built in Germany, with capacity for about 4,284 passengers. After completing sea trials, she will be handed over to the owner in early April 2019.

Meanwhile, Meyer Werft continues to work on other cruise orders. Building dock II currently houses Norwegian Encore which is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2019 for Norwegian Cruise Line (USA), while Spirit of Discovery, for Saga Cruises of the UK is nearing completion in building dock I, scheduled for delivery in summer 2019.

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