MS Oosterdam

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Oosterdam in Cabo San Lucas
Name: MS Oosterdam
Namesake: The eastern compass point
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry: Template:NLD, Rotterdam
Builder: Fincantieri
Marghera, Italy
Yard number: 6076
Laid down: January 16, 2002
Christened: July 27, 2003
Completed: 2003
In service: 2003 - present
Identification: Call sign: PBKH
IMO number: 9221281
MMSI no.: 245417000
Status: in service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Vista class cruise ship
Tonnage: 82,000 GT
Displacement: 10,965 DWT
Length: 290 m (950 ft)
Beam: 32.25 m (105.8 ft)
Draught: 7.9 m (26 ft)
Decks: 11 passenger decks
Installed power: Combined diesel / gas turbine electric power
Propulsion: 2 x 360° Azipod producing 17.62 MW (23956.53 ps)
Speed: 24-knot (44 km/h) maximum,
(service at 22 knots)
Capacity: 2,388 passengers
Crew: 812 crew
Notes: [3][1]

MS Oosterdam is a cruise ship of Holland America Line, a division of Carnival Corporation. As the second addition to Holland America's Vista-class of ships, Oosterdam is sister to the MS Noordam, MS Westerdam, and MS Zuiderdam. The ship's name is derived from the Dutch translation for the eastern compass point, and is pronounced "OH-ster-dam."

In spring, fall and winter the ship cruises the Mexican Riviera, and in summer, she operates in Alaska. In fall 2011 the ship will visit Hawaii for the first time. There are cruises from 14 to 15 nights in fall and winter 2011 and in spring 2012.[4]


Oosterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. The ceremony took place in Holland America Line's founding city, Rotterdam on July 29 2003. The event was held over three days of celebrations marking the company's 130th anniversary. The joint flagship of the fleet, MS Rotterdam, joined Oosterdam "bow-to-bow" in welcoming her to the fleet.

Technical information

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Oosterdam at San Diego port.

The machinery spaces of Oosterdam are vast and stretch along two of its lowest decks for the most part of the vessel.

MS Oosterdam is powered by a CODAG propulsion system encompassing five (three 16-cylinder and two 12-cylinder) Sulzer ZAV40S diesel engines (built under license by Grandi Motori Trieste, now owned by Wärtsilä, in Trieste, Italy)[5][6] and a GE LM2500 gas turbine[3], making it one of only a handful of merchant vessels that is powered by such an arrangement. It is propelled by two 17.62 MW (23956.53 ps), 160rpm synchronous freshwater-cooled[1] ABB Azipod propulsors.

Its two engine rooms are separated by a watertight bulkhead division. Each engine room has its own fuel, lubricating, cooling and electrical distribution systems and is fully independent of the other.

The ship's potable water is produced by three large Alfa Laval multi-effect flash evaporating desalination plants.

History of the name Oosterdam

While no prior ship has been named Oosterdam, the first vessel with the "Ooster" prefix launched 1913 as the 8,251-ton, one-prop Oosterdijk. At the time, "dijk" or "dyk" was the suffix used for cargo vessels, "dam" was used for passenger ships. She sailed between Rotterdam and Savannah, Georgia for Holland America as well as serving the Allied war effort during World War I.[7]


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