The Netherlands: Shipyard De Hoop Starts Sea Trials for Vessel River Discovery II
At 13PM today the new 135 m river cruise vessel “River Discovery II” has departed Shipyard De Hoop’s Lobith yard to commence its initial sea trials. The vessel is currently being finished and is intended for delivery at the end of this month. Shipyard De Hoop Lobith launched the 135 meter vessel on December 14, 2011.
The vessel is the first of three 135 m vessels which have been ordered by Vantage Travel from Boston. Furthermore Vantage Travel has a 110 meter vessel on order.
At this moment two more sister vessels and a 110 meter vessel are under construction for Vantage Travel.
Shipyard De Hoop has a history of almost 1500 built vessels and more than 3000 designs. Although it is strong in the inland passenger vessels and offshore markets, virtually any ship can be completely engineered and built by De Hoop. Examples of this are the transport vessels “Brion” and “Breuil” built for Airbus, the cable layer “Sea Spider” built for Wagenborg and the semi-submersible diving platform “Amethyst”.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, February 3, 2012; Image: dehoop