Bridge Section

The Norwegian Epic’s Bridge arrives at the building dock. Cruise Ships are built in large sections; like Legos.

Bridge Section


Bridge in the Air

In order to lift these big pieces, the yards lift them with big A-frame cranes.

Bridge in the Air


Bridge Meets Epic

The bridge is now lowered into place.

Bridge Meets Epic


Bridge Fitted on to Ship

After setting the section down, the piece is welded in place.

Bridge Fitted on to Ship


Propeller

The brass propeller arrives at the yard.

Propeller


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.

Port Propeller on Lift


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.

Starboard Propeller Getting fitted
photos from: Mer et Marine

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