Recently we received a question about Nieuw Amsterdam’s power and where it comes from. Rob Matthew, the ship’s 3rd engineer and frequent blog contributor, sent us this answer:
When the ship is getting built, it’s connected to shore power from the yard. This supplies only lights and power for the people who are working on board until the ship’s on-board engines/generators/electrical systems have been tested. Then we use our own shipboard power plant to power the ship.
During the yard period, the engines only run until around 10 p.m. every night, then all of the engines are switched off and we are returned back to shore power. Most likely after our sea trials we will use our own ship’s power, because shortly after the trials all of the crew from Holland America Line will be moving on board.