MSC Bellissima Departs from Chantiers de l’Atlantique For Sea Trials

MSC Bellissima

The MSC Bellissima has left Chantiers de l’Atlantique for her first set of sea trials, with 450 technicians and engineers on board the new vessel, according to a statement from the shipbuilder.

MSC Bellissima

The multi-day testing phase will be a shakedown of sorts by the shipyard to measure the vessel’s performance and fully test various systems.

MSC Bellissima

The MSC Bellissima will be delivered early next year. The 4,500-guest ship will debut in Europe before sailing in the Middle East for winter 2019-2020 ahead of her 2020 China program.

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Nieuw Statendam Completes Sea Trials

Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy Wednesday, Aug. 22, after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the coast, the company said, in a statement.

Nieuw Statendam left Marghera Aug. 10 and performed the first set of sea trials over two days before going into drydock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where the trial’s data was reviewed and standard hull maintenance was performed.

The ship sailed its second sea trials Aug. 18, making its way back to Marghera Aug. 22 where the finishing touches will be completed.

“The sea trials are a highly anticipated milestone for any newbuild because it takes us one step closer to delivery, and we’re thrilled that Nieuw Statendam gave a strong performance out in open water,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Nieuw Statendam and the innovations we’re introducing on board. The ship is going to have an exciting debut in early December.”

During the sea trials, Nieuw Statendam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. The shipyard’s team of nautical officers, naval architects and builders tested the ship’s manoeuvring characteristics and safety systems.

Celebrity Edge Sea Trials Underway

Celebrity Edge

The first set of sea trials for the new Celebrity Edge started last week as the prototype ship left the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard on a pre-determined sailing program.

The 117,000-ton ship is due to be delivered from the yard later this year, and is the first of a four-ship order from the Miami-based brand, representing a new and highly innovative class of ship.

Celebrity Edge

Sea trials are generally a test-drive of sorts for ships, where the shipyard, class society, key suppliers and the shipowner observe key performance and safety data. Most prototype ships see multiple sets of sea trials, are their performance criteria are confirmed.

During sea trials, a ship is tested to its limits, from top speed to manoeuvrability, stopping distance and more.

Photos: Christophe Dedieu