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Meyer Werft sends the “Silver Ray” across the Ems

The transfer of the cruise ship “Silver Ray” from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg to the North Sea is due to take place next Sunday.

According to the Ems-North Sea Waterways and Shipping Administration, the Ems will be transported from Papenburg to the barrage in Gandersum near Emden for this purpose. The current schedule envisages that the newbuilding will leave the shipyard port in Papenburg at around 3 a.m., pass the Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer at around 8 a.m. and the Ems barrage in Gandersum by 12:30. As usual, the “Silver Ray” will be towed and steered backwards on the Ems by tugs. The ship only turns after the Ems barrage. [ds_preview]

The latest cruise ship built by Meyer Werft belongs to the “Nova” class and is a sister to the “Silver Nova” with space for 728 guests. For the first time, the shipping company has opted for an asymmetrical design and a horizontal layout, with the public areas and suites extending along the entire length of the ship.

Fuel cell for hotel operations on “Silver Ray”

It is planned that “Silver Ray” will use gas (LNG) as its fuel. The new building also has a 4 MW fuel cell system for hotel operations. The aim is to completely avoid pollutant emissions while the ship is in port.

In addition, a battery system is intended to absorb peak loads and thus increase overall efficiency. A newly developed Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) also converts waste on board into thermal energy in line with the circular economy.

The “Silver Ray” must be handed over to Silversea Cruises by the beginning of June at the latest in order to be commissioned on time on 15 June.

Ship data “Silver Ray”

  • Length: 244 m
  • Width: 30 m
  • Shipyard: Meyer Werft Papenburg
  • Number of guest cabins and suites: 363
  • Guests at maximum occupancy: 728
  • Number of crew members: 556

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Caption: Undocking of the "Silver Ray" at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg