The keel block in place at Fincantieri's yard (Image: courtesy of FINCANTIERI S.p.A. - All rights reserved)
Fincantieri laid the first piece of keel for Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam at its Marghera yard in Venice, Italy on 20 March.
The 260-ton block, which is 11.3 metres long and 34.8 wide, will form the central section of Nieuw Statendam.
Built as a sister to Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam will be Holland America’s second 99,800gt Pinnacle class ship and will be delivered at the end of 2018. The vessel will be able to accommodate up to 2,650 passengers in more than 1,300 cabins and feature interiors created by two major studios – Tihany Design and YSA Design.