MS Oosterdam

MS Oosterdam

The MS Oosterdam is a cruise ship of Holland America Line, a division of Carnival Corporation. As the second addition to Holland America's Vista-class of ships, Oosterdam is sister to the ms Noordam, ms Westerdam, and ms Zuiderdam. The ship's name is derived from the Dutch translation for the eastern compass point, and is pronounced "OH-ster-dam."

Naming Ceremony

Oosterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. The ceremony took place in Holland America Line's founding city, Rotterdam on July 29 2003. The event was held over three days of celebrations marking the company's 130th anniversary. The joint flagship of the fleet, ms Rotterdam, joined Oosterdam "bow-to-bow" in welcoming her to the fleet.

Technical Information

The machinery spaces of Oosterdam are vast and stretch along two of its lowest decks for the most part of the vessel.

The ms Oosterdam is powered by a CODEG-electric arranged propulsion system encompassing five Sulzer ZAV40S diesel engines and a GE LM2500 Gas Turbine, making it one of only a handful of merchant vessels that is powered by such an arrangement. It is propelled by two 17.6MW ABB Azipod propulsors.

Its two engine rooms are separated by a watertight bulkhead division. Each engine room has its own fuel, lubricating, cooling and electrical distribution systems and is fully independent of the other.

The ship's potable water is produced by three large Alfa Laval multi-effect flash evaporating desalination plants.

History of the Oosterdam name

While no prior ship has been named Oosterdam, the first vessel with the "Ooster" prefix launched 1913 as the 8,251-ton, one-prop Oosterdijk. At the time, "dijk" or "dyk" was the suffix used for cargo vessels, "dam" was used for passenger ships. She sailed between Rotterdam and Savannah, Georgia for Holland America as well as serving the Allied war effort during World War I.


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