PRIDE of AMERICA
Owner: Pride of America Shipholding Inc. - Honolulu a Norwegian Cruise Line -American brand company.
NCL has contracted with Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) to buy all of the materials and equipment and the work performed to date on the two "Project America" vessels of the defunct American Classic Voyages under construction at Northrop's Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi. The substantially completed hull of the first vessel, plus all of the associated equipment and materials, will be transported to Europe, where work will be completed on German's Lloyd Werft.
The original design of the 2 "Project America" ships has been modified and will sail under the NCL brand as the latest addition to the company's revolutionary Freestyle Cruising fleet. The new name of the first ship will be PRIDE of AMERICA expected delivery end of 2003 in time for the summer season. NCL wanted the orginal 256 m. long hull lengthened by 25 m. to 281 m. Two additional diesel engines would also be installed, for increasing the service speed of the vessel. Raising in total to 6.
What will happen to the second ship was still not clear. It seemed unlikly that materials would be assembled at Lloyd Werft which is not a newbuilding yard. Earlier reports spake of Meyer Werft and an unidentified German yard being interested in some of the work. NCL said once completion of the first ship was under way, it “will explore the feasibility of completing the second vessel based on the word in progress and materials that have been purchased.”
July - 2004 The materials for Project America 2 are being moved from Lloyd Werft to Meyer Werft in Papenburg for use in ongoing Norwegian Cruise Line newbuilds. NCL had purchased the materials from the US Maritime Administration. The materials has been used on the Pride of Hawaii under construction at Meyer Werft.
PRIDE OF AMERICA sinks
NCL-STATEMENT OF MARCH 3-2004
July 4-2004 - Lloyd Werft confirmed that work on NCL’s Pride of America has already started following an agreement by the insurers to pay the claim. Pride of America will now be delivered by Lloyd Werft on June 6, 2005.
May 23-2005 - The Pride of America returns today to Bremerhaven after her first trials.
June 17-2005 - Pride of America was christened in a festive ceremony in New York on a perfect summery day. The 80,439-ton vessel is the largest cruise liner ever built for the US passenger fleet and the first new ocean liner carrying the US flag in half a century. POA was christened by US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao who released the traditional bottle against the ship’s hull amid a shower of confetti streamers.
Entered service: 2005 - Gross tonnage: 80.439 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 2138 - All berths: 2440 - Passenger decks: 11 - Length: 280,59 m.- Beam: 32,20 m. - Drive: diesel/electric: 6 dieselengines make Wartsila type 8L46C total output 33.600 kW. - Propulsion: ABB 2 azipods 12.500 kW.each - Max. speed: 21 knots - Built:Built: 2003 Cascao Ingalls Shipbuilding - USA - Completed and lengthened at Lloyd Werft-Bremerhaven - Germany - Yard no. 7671 (Ingalls) - Flag: USA - Classification: DNV
Former Name: Queen of the Americas (American Classic Voyages name)
Original design of Proj. America vessels.
First hull on-route to Lloyd Werft
Arrival at Lloyd Werft-Germany
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