The Norwegian Epic’s Bridge arrives at the building dock. Cruise Ships are built in large sections; like Legos.
Bridge in the Air
In order to lift these big pieces, the yards lift them with big A-frame cranes.
Bridge Meets Epic
The bridge is now lowered into place.
Bridge Fitted on to Ship
After setting the section down, the piece is welded in place.
The brass propeller arrives at the yard.
Port Propeller on Lift
Due to the tapered nature of the hull, they cannot use cranes. Instead they use lifts, to position the propeller into place at the end of the shaft.
Starboard Propeller Getting fitted
After the port(left) propeller is bolted into place, they do the same for the starboard(right). It is to be noted that the Norwegian Epic will utilize the old fashioned shaft-and-prop propulsion, instead of the new diesel-electric ‘podded’ propulsion. Podded propulsion has proven to be troublesome on the reliability front.
photos from: Mer et Marine