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M/S Zuiderdam: Modern With Elegant Taste

Taking a moment to think back to when

Holland America Line (HAL) first announced the formulation of the new

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Shipping Show in Miami, Fla. in March 2001, it is almost as though we are liv- ing in a different world. The cruise industry was booming, there was no such thing, as the Office of Homeland that despite all these obstacles — both

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By Regina P. Ciardiello, managing editor

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Departing from the Port Everglades,

Fla., MS Zuiderdam set sail for the sec- ond of its three preview cruises.

Steaming toward Half Moon Cay in the

Bahamas, the vessel was also in the process of fine-tuning its inner work- ings. While Zuiderdam successfully completed its sea trials in Italy this past

July, its sistership, Oosterdam was in the midst of construction at Fincantieri's

Trieste yard for delivery this coming

June. Pieter Rijkaart, HAL's director of newbuildings, took the time to point out the ship's innovative features, chief among them the ship's CODAG (Combined Diesel Electric and Gas

Turbine) propulsion system, consisting of five Wartsila engines (3 x11,520 kW and 2x 8,640 kW) and one GE gas tur- bine. Employing an Azipod pod propul- sion package, the vessel can move at speeds of 21 knots. While the ship has two engine rooms, the entire operation is based out of one control room. Hosted by Willem Berends, chief environmen- tal officer, we were able to view the ves- sel's main switchboard operated by

Second Engineer Bart de Bruin, who demonstrated the control room's ability to operate both engine rooms. "The main switchboard on Zuiderdam is redundant," Berends said. "There is one control room onboard this vessel with the gas turbine housed in its own sepa- rate area."

While the 936-ft. (285.2-m) vessel


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