MS Noordam

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Noordam Grand Turk Island, March 2007
Name: MS Noordam
Namesake: The northern compass point
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry: Template:NLD, Rotterdam
Builder: Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, Italy
Yard number: 6079
Christened: February, 2006
In service: 2006-present
Identification: Call sign: PHET
IMO number: 9230115
Status: in service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Vista class cruise ship
Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 82,500 tons
Length: 936 ft (285.3 m)
Beam: 105.8 ft (32.2 m)
Decks: 11 passenger decks
Installed power: Diesel-electric
Propulsion: Azipod
Speed: 24-knot (44 km/h) maximum,
(service at 22 knots)
Capacity: 1,918 passengers
Crew: 800 crew
Notes: [1][2]

MS Noordam is the name of several ships run by the Holland America Line. The latest ship to bear the moniker Noordam (in Dutch Noord = North) is a member of Holland America's Vista class. The ship was christened on February 22, 2006, in New York City by the actress Marlee Matlin.[2] The Noordam is a sister ship of the MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam, MS Zuiderdam and P&O Cruises' MS Arcadia (originally ordered by the HAL, but sold to P&O). All of the HAL ships in the Vista class are named for the four compass points.

The ship is powered by a CODAG arrangement of five diesel generators (3 x 16,000 HP units, and 2 x 12,000 HP units) and one gas turbine (18,000 HP), for a total power output of approximately 62.6MW (84,000 HP). The power generated is used both for propulsion, via two 17.5MW (23,467 HP) ABB Azipods, and the ship's "hotel load," which includes HVAC and freshwater production. She is capable of producing 1,700 tons (450,000 gallons) of fresh water daily via desalinization, although average consumption is only around 750 tons/day (200,000 gallons). The ship consumes approximately 216 tons/day (57,000 U.S. gallons) of heavy fuel oil, and 90 tons/day (23,000 U.S. gallons) of marine gas oil, at peak power production. She can achieve a maximum speed of approximately 24 knots.

Past Noordam ships

Noordam first ran a transatlantic route from Rotterdam to New York, primarily delivering immigrants, between 1902 and 1928. This Noordam is referenced in the James Cameron film "Titanic" as having issued an ice warning along the transatlantic route.

The second, built in 1938 by P. Smit Jr. in Rotterdam, had a cruising speed of 18 knots. Her gross tonnage was 10,704 tons. She was renamed Oceanien in 1963, and was scrapped in Yugoslavia in 1967. The second Noordam was not built for passengers, but operated as a freighter. A clock from this ship was removed and included in the third Noordam in the officers' bar that had been rewired to run backwards, although it kept perfect time.

The previous one before the current one today was built in 1984 and in 2005 was sold to Thomson Cruises to become the Thomson Celebration and still is as of July 2010.[clarification needed]


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