July 16, 2004
U.S.-flag cruise newbuild construction starts in Germany
Nils Nordh, executive VP corporate newbuilding NCL/Star Cruises today pushed the start button of a computer cutting machine at Meyerwerft, Papenburg, Germany.
His action marked the start of production of Pride of Hawaii.
Depending on how you want to interpret things, this either the second ship in the Project America venture, or the second in a series of two luxury liners under construction for NCL at Meyer Werft--or both.
Without digging too deeply into painful history, the original Project America would have seen two cruise ships built at Ingalls shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss. As we all know, things went wrong and NCL wound up buying the floating hull of the first and various materials and equipment that had already been bought for the second.
The first ship was taken to Germany's Lloyd Werft for completionwhere it suffered storm damage while being completed and sank up to deck three. NCL 's first ship into service for its U.S.-flag NCL America project was thus the reflagged and renamed Norwegian Sky, which is now the Pride of Aloha.
On July 4, 2004, NCL president Colin Veitch announced the addition of a third U.S. Flagged ship to Hawaii to be delivered in the summer of 2006.
The original ship towed to Lloyd Werft from Mississippi, the Pride of America, is now being completed and will now be delivered in June 2005
"The Pride of Hawaii is the second ship in the original Project America program and the third ship of the brands U.S.-Flagged fleet, joining Pride of Aloha and Pride of America," said NCL.
It is this ship on which construction has now started. It is the second of two 92,000 gt ships ordered from Meyer Werft by NCL in September 2003. So, how does it also manage to be the "second ship in the original Project America program?"
The material and equipment intended for that ship which NCL bought along with the hull of the first is reportedly being shifted from Lloyd Werft to Meyer Werft and some of it is being incorporated in the Pride of Hawaii.
The ships will be fitted with podded drives. The energy required will be generated by five diesel engines.