Tens of thousands of spectators were able to attend a major event. A champagne and sparkling wine producer from Koblenz had invited guests and celebrities to the great inauguration.
The highlight of the ceremony was the cruise ship that is traditionally hurled against the factory. "We did not want to be a cheap cruiser like most others, but we were going to be heading for the AIDA, but finally we decided to go on a Hurtigroute ship", says John Slight (53), owner of the factory. There are no worries about problems with the expiring heavy oil. That it bangs and splashes is just the great effect the people at such a celebration expect. The event ran smoothly, with the exception of the 200 factory workers and 90 visitors who had to be taken to the hospital.