Máxima big crowd pleaser during successful Delfsail 2024
18 June 2024

Máxima big crowd pleaser during successful Delfsail 2024

From 13 to 16 June, the seventh edition of Delfsail was organised in Delfzijl. As one of the main sponsors of the largest maritime event in the North, Wagenborg was closely involved in the four-day programme. The arrival of Queen Máxima for the christening of the 'Alexia' and the 'Máxima' and the fact that the latter ship was open to the public made Delfsail 2024 a great success.

On Thursday 13 June, Delfsail was spectacularly opened with the Sail-in Parade. From Eemshaven, the sea came alive with the arrival of an impressive fleet of Tall Ships and sailing heritage, all coming together for a majestic entrance into the port of Delfzijl. The parade was escorted and accompanied by several Wagenborg tugs, after which all ships safely moored in the port of Delfzijl. The 'Máxima' had a prominent place in this and was a real eye-catcher during the event.

A royal christening

The highlight during Delfsail was the arrival of Queen Màxima at Royal Wagenborg on Friday 14 June, who christened the 'Máxima' and the 'Alexia' in a spectacular way. For this, she performed the christening of the 'Alexia' uniquely by drone. During the christening of the 'Máxima', the ship was moored at the Wagenborg terminal, where some 2,000 invited guests on the Wagenborg premises and hundreds of interested people on the quays witnessed a dazzling ceremony via a livestream.

Open to the public

On Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June, Wagenborg had her m.v. 'Máxima' open to the public for several time slots. Captain Hans Poot and his crew had set out a route on board for this, which guided interested parties along the bridge, through the gangway and through the engine room. Given the great interest - a total of almost 2,500 people were on board - the crews of the Waalborg and the Eemsborg also lent a helping hand on board to make everything possible in a safe way. All in all, we look back on a successful Delfsail!

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