TWO Lloyd's Register-classified cruise ships, the Sensation and the Maasdam, successfully have undergone the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) stringent verification examination covering all structural, machinery and safety equipment. The examinations were carried out at the builders' yards in Finland and Italy before the ships sailed for the US. The first vessel to have its USCG survey held outside the USA was Maasdam's sister ship Statendam. In the case of Sensation, the USCG examination was carried out at the Helsinki New Shipyard of Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The Maasdam was examined at the Monfalcone yard of Fincantieri. A specialist passenger ship surveyor from LR headquarters was present at each inspection to answer technical questions, particularly those relating to the flag administration's interpretations of IMO regulations. LR also has dealt with the Passenger Ship Safety certification for these vessels on behalf of their flag administrations, Panama for Sensation and the Bahamas for Maasdam. Both ships comply with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations, including early implementation of all published amendments that will be applicable to these vessels. Sensation is the third in a series of five ships of 70,387 gross tonnes (gt) being built to LR class by Kvaerner Masa-Yards for Carnival Cruise Lines. It follows Fantasy, delivered in 1990, and Ecstasy, delivered in 1991. Two more, Fascination and Imagination, are due for delivery next summer and in 1995, respectively. Sensation is 260 metres long and can carry 2,600 passengers, served by a crew of more than 900. It has a diesel-electric power plant with electric propulsion motors. The 55,451 gt Maasdam is the second of three ships to be built for Holland-America Line. Statendam was delivered in January of this year and the third vessel, Ryndam, is scheduled for completion next year. Maasdam is 219 metres long and can carry 1,500 passengers and 600 crew.