Noordam Grand Turk Island, March 2007
|Namesake:||The northern compass point|
|Operator:||Holland America Line|
|Port of registry:||Netherlands|
|Yard number:||Marghera 6079|
IMO number: 9230115
MMSI number: 246028000
|Class & type:||Vista class cruise ship|
|Tonnage:||82,500 gross tonnage (GT)|
|Length:||936 ft (285.3 m)|
|Beam:||105.8 ft (32.2 m)|
|Decks:||11 passenger decks|
|Speed:||maximum 24-knot (44 km/h),
service 22-knot (41 km/h)
MS Noordam is a member of Holland America Line's Vista class. The ship was christened on February 22, 2006, in New York City by the actress Marlee Matlin. Noordam is a sister ship of 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 (44 km/h; 28 mph).