(1:35 p.m. EDT) -- Holland America Line laid a portion of the keel for its next new ship Nieuw Statendam during a ceremony at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard. The keel, which is the first building block of the ship, measures 37 feet long, 114 feet wide and weighs about 260 tons.
The 2,650 passenger Nieuw Statendam will be the second ship in the line's Pinnacle class; it is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2018.
For more on the significance of a keel-laying, read our story on these ceremonies.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor