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'Zandtrechter'

Iconic local landmark comes to Damen Shiprepair Harlingen for a unique conversion

Date
August 2018
Ship name
'Zandtrechter'
Ship type
Other
Yard
Damen Shiprepair Harlingen
Tasks performed for this project
  • Maintenance

In a welcome reminder that shipyards are excellent places to undertake heavy engineering and almost anything involving cranes and large steel structures, Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSHL) has recently completed maintenance work on a steel structure that long ago became a local icon that is instantly recognisable to the residents of Harlingen and its many visitors.

The Zandtrechter (literally ‘sand funnel’) is a large hopper that was built at the start of the nineteenth century and which, after a period in the port of Rotterdam, came to the Willemskade in the Nieuwe Willemshaven of Harlingen. There, for many decades, it was used for the transhipment of grain, gravel, sand and other loose goods from the holds of ships into trucks positioned beneath to be taken elsewhere.

Over that time the large red structure became a familiar landmark for anyone visiting or working in the docks. In 2004, with most shipping activity having moved away from the Willemskade, the Zandtrechter was put into storage.

Blasting and repainting

Fourteen years later and now under private ownership, the Zandtrechter is set to start a new life as a luxury, a one-room hotel, back on its original rails on the Willemskade, which is being redeveloped. To prepare it for this possibly unique conversion, the steel structure was loaded onto a pontoon and towed the short distance to DSHL where they were moved into the covered dry-dock.

The original plan had been to move the Zandtrechter by road, however DSHL immediately realised that moving such a bulky structure by water would be much simpler and so puts its owner in touch with local Harlingen pontoon operator and longstanding DSHL customer, Van der Woude. It had a 40 by 10 metre pontoon in need of some minor repairs to its steelwork, and so an agreement on transport was reached that was advantageous for both parties.

Once at the yard, both the sand funnel and the pontoon were docked, repaired, blasted and repainted simultaneously, the funnel in its distinctive ‘Spaansen’ red colour (named after its previous owner) as the first stage of its eventual transformation.

This latest addition for Harlingen’s collection of unusual hotels, which already includes a lightship, a lifeboat and a crane, is scheduled to open in March 2019 and will offer guests unique views of the Wadden Sea and the Nieuwe Willemshaven.

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Damen Shiprepair Harlingen is located in the northern part of the Netherlands, in the city of Harlingen. It is easily accessible through the Wadden Sea without any obstructions such as locks, bridges or tidal restrictions, up to a guaranteed draft of 7.5 meters.

  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl
  • Large hopper 'Zandtrechter' maintenance at DSHl

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