Holland America Line cruise ships were introduced to Port
Chalmers with the arrival of Maasdam on October 21,
Today, Oosterdam makes its local debut when it arrives
from Sydney, via Hobart. The ship is the largest unit of the
fleet to berth here and its visit will also be the 75th from
nine units of the fleet.
After closing the Alaska cruise ship season towards the end
of last month, Oosterdam sailed from Vancouver on a voyage
down through the Pacific to Sydney to take its place in the
annual Australia-New Zealand market.
Scheduled to make eight visits up to April 5, 2013, the
82,305gt Oosterdam replaces the smaller 61,214gt
The best-known of all our HAL visitors, this popular ship
made 34 calls between October 31, 2008, and April 3, 2012.
Oosterdam is a Panamax vessel having an overall length
of 285.24m, an extreme breadth of 32.25m and a loaded draught
of 8.016 m. The ship has 11 passenger decks, 1968 berths in
924 cabins, and carries a crew of 817.
It has a maximum speed of 24 knots and a service speed of 22
knots. Powering its two azimuth electric-drive units are five
Sulzer Vee-cylinder diesels, three 16-cylinder units and two
12-cylinder ones, plus a General Electric gas turbine. Total
power from this installation is 102,162hp (75.140kW).
Oosterdam was laid down at Fincantieris Marghera
shipyard at Venice on January 18, 2002.
The ship was officially christened by HRH Princess Margriet,
of the Netherlands, when it visited Rotterdam from July 27 to
July 29, 2003, a visit that also coincided with celebrations
marking HAL's 130th birthday.
The ship was also the second Vista class vessel to be built
to a design originally created for HAL. Derivative designs
from this are the enlarged Vista, Signature and Hybrid
Eleven ships representing these designs are now part of the
Carnival group's portfolio.
Oosterdam will be the second Vista class ship to berth
P&O Cruises Arcadia, the third to enter service, was here
on February 20, 2010, and is listed to call again next year
on March 4.
The 90.901gt Queen Elizabeth, here earlier this year
on February 23, on a visit marred by atrocious, wet
conditions, is a longer Signature class vessel having an
The state-owned Fincantieri shipbuilding group has been a
world leader in cruise ship construction since 1990. Since
then, its yards have built more than 60 cruise ships and have
others on order for delivery over the next three years.
Of the Carnival group's 100-strong fleet, 54 vessels,
including 13 that have called here, have come from
Fincantieri yards. Dawn Princess, on its 28th call,
opened the season yesterday following the cancellation of the
visit by Sea Princess a fortnight ago, due to weather
conditions at Akaroa.
These sisters were built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard in
1997 and 1998.
And the ill-fated 114,317gt Costa Concordia that
capsized after striking a rock at Giglio, off Tuscany, on
January 13, was delivered from its Sestri Ponente yard at
Genoa, in 2008.
Final salvage operations for the removal of the wreck began a
fortnight ago. The largest refloating salvage operation in
history, it is being undertaken by the US firm Titan Salvage
and the Italian company Micoperi.
The work will involve 350 men and 100 divers, and is
estimated to cost in the region of $US300 million ($NZ365
Although it would have been easier to cut up the vessel to
remove it, this was ruled out due to the environmental risks
Fincantieri yards will also play a part, having been awarded
a contract to build 30 caissons having a total weight of
11,500 tonnes. Some of these will be attached to the exposed
port side then filled with water and with help from other
equipmemt will get the vessel upright.
Once this is accomplished, caissons will be fitted to the
starboard side, filled with water, thus prompting the ship to
refloat by early next year. It will then be towed away for