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Thursday, May 23, 2019 

German passenger ship specialist yard Meyer Werft says that its new cruise ship for British Saga Cruises, ‘Spirit of Discovery’, is due to leave the yard and be conveyed on the river Ems to Emden, with planned arrival on Monday May 27, at 08.00 am.

The ship will then go through several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea. The Ems barrier will be helping Spirit of Discovery to pass through the river Ems, a procedure which will be kept as short as possible. Changes to the planned schedule are possible at short notice due to the weather and tidal conditions.

Once again, a team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for manoeuvring the ship to Emden. The pilots on the river Ems have looked after the Meyer Werft ships during their passage to the North Sea in previous years. The whole team trained the conveyance at the computerised simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands) to be prepared for the task. Spirit of Discovery 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.

Spirit of Discovery is the first of two ships for the successful British cruise line. The ships each have an overall length of 236m, a width of 31.2m and a tonnage measurement of 58,250gt. The sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, is due to be completed by Meyer Werft in summer 2020.

Meanwhile, Meyer Werft continues to work flat out on other ships: building dock II currently houses the Norwegian Encore which is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2019 for Norwegian Cruise Line (USA), while Iona for P&O is planned to be completed in spring 2020.

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