The Aker France shipyard in St. Nazaire has placed the rudder in position for MSC Orchestra, readying it for its spring debut. This type of rudder is commonly described as a "flap" design and was produced by produced by Rolls Royce. It is 17.9 feet high, 14.4 feet long and has a surface area of 237.8 square feet, representing an important phase in the construction of this new ship. On Sept. 9, MSC Orchestra will be moved from the Aker France shipyard to Penhoet quay, where the interior fit out will take place. MSC Orchestra will be completed in April 2007 and, in line with sister ship, MSC Musica, will be christened on May 29, 2007 in Venice. She will have 80 percent external staterooms, of which 65 percent have a balcony. There will also be an emphasis on public spaces such as the spa/fitness area.
by Joe Pike
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