Holland America Line celebrated a construction milestone as the 1st steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018.
The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo. The block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be constructed. Holland America Group’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Keith Taylor was at the yard for the event.
The 99,500 ton, 2,650 pax ship — the 15th in the fleet — will be the 2nd Pinnacle Class vessel for HAL, joining recently launched sister-ship ms Koningsdam.
“This is an exciting time for Holland America Line, and Nieuw Statendam’s steel cutting is a milestone that signifies our continued growth and evolution as a company and a brand,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s President. “With Pinnacle Class we have been able to try new things, expand our horizons and push boundaries, and while Nieuw Statendam is a sister to Koningsdam, we do have some new ideas that will be revealed in time.”
This is the 16th ship built for Holland America Line by Fincantieri, which most recently constructed Koningsdam.