Iona, the new cruise ship for British P&O Cruises, will probably leave Papenburg on Wednesday, March 18 2020 to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven (the Netherlands). The ship is planned to arrive in Eemshaven on Thursday evening. Later on the ship will go through several days of technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea.
The Ems barrier will be helping Iona to pass through the river Ems, a procedure which will be kept as short as possible. The following schedule has been drawn up for the con-veyance of the new cruise ship, with changes possible at short notice due to the weath-er and tidal conditions:
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Approx. 06.00 pm: ship in waiting position (Papenburg)
Approx. 07.30 pm: ship passes sea lock (Papenburg)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Approx. 02.00 am: ship passes Friesenbrücke (Weener)
Approx. 06.30 am: ship passes the Jann Berghaus bridge (Leer)
Approx. 10.45 am: arrival at the river Ems barrier (Gandersum)
Approx. 08.15 pm: ship passes the Ems barrier
All details are subject to the wind, weather and water levels and are therefore without guarantee and timings can be changed at short notice.
A team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for manoeuvring the ship to Emden. The pilots on the river Ems also looked after the MEYER WERFT ships during their passage to the North Sea in previous years. The whole team trained the conveyance at the computerised simulator in Wageningen (the Netherlands) to be better prepared for the task.
Iona will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship. Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.