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MS Statendam is a cruise ship of the Holland America Line. She is the fifth ship to carry the name Statendam for NASM/Holland America Line. Although the Statendam II was ordered and mostly completed, she never sailed for NASM due to the outbreak of the First World War, and was used by the British as a troopship under the name SS Justicia.
Statendam V was ordered along with her sisters MS Maasdam and MS Ryndam in 1989 from Fincantieri Shipyards. She entered service in 1993. Cruising from the west coast of the United States, with Australia and New Zealand as the common destination in winter and Alaska in summer, she is the fifth Holland America ship to bear the name Statendam. During design of her class there was concern over her ability to meet the strict new SOLAS 90 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea stability requirements which go into effect in 2010. She proved to meet these requirements beyond expectations and the additional ballast tanks fitted to the class to provide added stability usually travel void for weight reduction and hence, fuel savings. Her hull design is based largely on that of MS Costa Classica with changes to make it more buoyant as the superstructure of Statendam and her sisters is much heavier than that of Costa Classica. Statendam and her sisters have articulated "Hinze" flap rudders, basically a rudder with a small portion of its aft that can be steered in addition to the main rudder, for exceptional maneuverability. When launched her class proved to be one of the most technically advanced and optimised cruise ships in the world during sea trials.