Rough ride for Oasis of the Seas

Nov 10, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson

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It’s been a rough ride for the world’s biggest ever cruise ship, the 228,000-gt OASIS OF THE SEAS which is completing her maiden Transatlantic crossing this week on delivery to Fort Lauderdale in the USA.

The ship, which is not carrying any passengers other than a few construction workers completing some last-minute fitting out, encountered giant waves of 20 metres during the voyage, causing Captain William Wright, the ship’s first master to drastically reduce speed. By all accounts (and these are company accounts as there is nobody else to tell any tales) the ship did pretty well in the circumstances, which may go some way to answering one matter concerning stability.

The ship has a relatively shallow draught of 9 metres, comparative to her overall size, but was designed with a wide hull to compensate and reduce the snappiness of some ships when encountering waves from the side. We’ll still have to wait for an independent view of the ship’s reaction but at least she came through her first bad sea experience none the worse for wear.

Oasis of the Seas is due in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale tomorrow (Wednesday).

See also World’s biggest cruise ship OASIS OF THE SEAS sets sail HERE



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