Noordam Grand Turk Island, March 2007
|Namesake:||The northern compass point|
|Operator:||Holland America Line|
|Port of registry:||Netherlands|
|Yard number:||Marghera 6079|
|Class and 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|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric; two ABB Azipod units|
MS Noordam is a member of Holland America Line's Vista class, and the fourth Holland America Line vessel to bear the name. 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). The prefixes of the four ships' names represent the four directions of the compass in Dutch.
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).
Currently, Noordam is alternating 7-day Northbound and Southbound cruises to Alaska from Seward and Vancouver. After this, she will reposition to Sydney, Australia for cruises to New Zealand and other Australian ports.
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