NCL’s NORWEGIAN EPIC returned successful from her first sea trials today. The new vessel spent four days sailing the Atlantic Ocean while 300 technicians and engineers from STX FRANCE, along with 30 Norwegian Cruise Line representatives, checked more than 60 different aspects of the ship’s performance. The NORWEGIAN EPIC trials included testing the vessel’s speed, maneuverability, hydrodynamics and propulsion, amongst others. A second round of sea trials is scheduled for mid-April in order to finalize all tests, including final speed measurement. The 153,000-gross ton, 4,200-passenger ship — the largest ship ever built in Saint-Nazaire — is scheduled for delivery on June 15, 2010. (QUEEN MARY 2 listed by Cunard as 151,000 gt)
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.