M e y e r W e r f t Y a r d Delivers Luxury Cruise Ship ' H o m e r i c ' To H o m e Lines

The Jos. L. Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, West Germany, recently delivered the 42,092-grt passenger vessel Homeric to Home Lines Cruises, Inc. Built at a cost of $150 million, the 1,085-passenger cruise liner has an overall length of 670 feet, beam of 95 feet, and maximum draft of 23 feet. Eight of the ship's 12 decks are devoted to passenger accommodations, public rooms, and outdoor activities.

Meyer Werft won the contract to build the Homeric in 1984 against keen European competition. The order marked a new chapter in passenger ship construction at the yard.

Subsequently, two additional cruise vessels were ordered at the Papenburg shipyard for delivery in 1988.

Main propulsion is provided by twin M.A.N.-B&W 10L55GB diesel engines, each with an output of 16,200 bhp at 155 rpm, driving two Lips controllable-pitch, highly skewed propellers. Service speed is 21 knots. The ship is fitted with Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers for passenger comfort and safety, and with two bow thrusters for enhanced maneuverability during docking and undocking.

Electrical power is provided by four MaK 8M453 medium-speed diesels, each driving a Brown Bovari generator. Navigation equipment includes two Krupp Atlas radars (one with ARPA), Magnavox satellite navigator, Simrad Loran C, Anschutz gyrocompass and autopilot, Anschutz course recorder, Plath radio direction finder, and JMC weather chart recorder. A satellite communications plant provides for telephone and telex service. A conventional communications system for radiotelephone and telex transmission via radio is also installed.

Passengers can select the system they wish to use to communicate ship-to-shore from their cabins.

Classed by the American Bureau of Shipping and registered in Panama, the Homeric meets the applicable rules and regulations of the U.S.

Coast Guard and the U.S. Public Health Service.

Initially, the Homeric will sail from New York to Bermuda, joining Home Lines' other cruise ship, the Atlantic, in offering regular sevenday cruises through October 18 this year. Following the Bermuda season, the new ship will continue to make seven-day cruises to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting November 1.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 30,  Jul 15, 1986 Massachusetts

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