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'Stad Amsterdam'

Clipper sailing ship ‘Stad Amsterdam’ receives radical revamp at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen

Date
May 2013
Ship name
'Stad Amsterdam'
Ship type
Sea Cruise
Yard
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen
Tasks performed for this project
  • Complete overhaul

The three-masted, steel-hulled Clipper ‘Stad Amsterdam’ has undergone a complete refurbishment at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, 13 years after Damen was involved in the finishing of the sailing ship.

‘Stad Amsterdam’ is jointly owned by the city of Amsterdam and HR agency Randstad and has had intensive use since her initial commissioning and needed a complete overhaul.

“The vessel sails without interruption 365-days-a-year over the oceans. Sea, sun, salt and wind have left their traces,” explained Roland Berendsen, MD of Clipper Stad Amsterdam.

“We chose to carry out one big, radical revamp to give the vessel a second youth so she can sail again for a further ten to 15 years.”

Work carried out included:

  • Revamping of the interior
  • A complete overhaul and replacement of all technical equipment
  • New standing rigging
  • Blasting and conserving of the hull
  • Renewal of pipes and wiring
  • Removal, maintenance and replacement of top masts and spars
  • Redesign of the navigation bridge and chartroom
  • Below deck, cabins, crew mess and office redesign

Renewed superstructure

Other work completed by Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen was the renewal of ‘Stad Amsterdam’s’ superstructure. Originally the vessel’s boards were glued onto the superstructure but this had caused maintenance difficulties.

New boards were mounted providing clearance from the superstructure for improved ventilation.

Careful planning ensured a successful job

The planning for this job presented a challenge which required strict scheduling and planning from the team at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen and other colleagues within the Damen group.

“We enjoyed the support of our colleagues from the nearby superyacht yard Amels, also a member of the Damen Shipyards Group,” explained Robin Juranek, Project Manager for Damen Shiprepair. “There were jobs we were unfamiliar with and we were able to draw on the expertise of our colleagues with the result that the entire project was completed to the highest standards.”

Mr Berendsen added: “We’re just a small shipping company with only one vessel and thus a very small staff. Thanks to the cooperation of the yard we only needed limited extra expertise for this job.”

The revitalised Clipper Stad Amsterdam carried out successful sea trials before resuming her busy schedule.

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