Tugboats moved Silver Nova from the construction hall into the harbour after water had filled the drydock
Silversea Cruises has marked the float out of the new ship Silver Nova at the the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Attendees to the event watched on as tugboats moved the vessel from the construction hall into the harbour after water had filled the drydock. Silver Nova was positioned alongside the pier, where the fitting out phase will continue. To commemorate the milestone, Captain Cosimo Pontillo welded a coin to a wall on the pool deck, which will remain visible to guests as a symbol of good luck.
Meyer Werft's employees then cleaned the ship's hull, attached her funnel, and installed her LNG and radar masts.
“With her float out at the Meyer Werft shipyard, anticipation is building among our guests, travel partner community, and the extended Silversea family for the launch of our 12th ship, Silver Nova,” said Barbara Muckermann, president and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “Silver Nova embodies the vision of our cruise line and the evolution of our fleet. She has been purpose-built for ocean cruising, ushering an evolution of Silversea’s industry-leading, ultra-luxury cruise experience. We at Silversea and the entire Royal Caribbean Group are looking forward to welcoming her to the fleet.”
Silver Nova's next journey, scheduled for the end of May, will involve a conveyance of 32km down the Ems River to the sea, a unique feature of the Meyer Werft shipyard.
“We have reached another important milestone in the construction process with the float out of Silver Nova,” said Jan Meyer, managing director of Meyer Werft. “This ship is an important step towards green cruising due to its many technological features, as well as high environmental compatibility and energy efficiency. Beyond that, Silver Nova features a particularly innovative interior design.”
Silver Nova is expected to launch in summer 2023.