August 2020 - The Stad Amsterdam clipper is berthed in the harbour of the Oude Rijkswerf Willemsoord in Den Helder. The vessel has undergone a major overhaul in recent months. Not only has major maintenance work being completed, the clipper also had a major refit at Damen Shipyards.
De Boer Staal supplied steel plates DH36 with 3.2 certificate for this work. These shipbuilding plates are sandblasted, coated and cut to size by De Boer Snijbedrijf for the engine foundation, tank modifications, the replacement of the galley floor, bowsprit parts and repairs to the outer hull.
The refit was needed to reduce the ecological footprint. For example, the foundation was adapted for the new main engine with an exhaust after-treatment unit. To reduce fuel consumption, both generators have been replaced by two smaller and more efficient ones. These can absorb peak moments with 'peak shaving'.
To enhance sustainability further, a new wastewater treatment system has been installed, which means that the vessel will now pump out only clean water. Part of the galley floor has also been replaced. The old kitchen has been taken out and renovated, and some units have been replaced.
In addition, regular maintenance has been completed, bowsprit parts have been replaced, the underside has been cleaned and the outer hull has been repaired where necessary. Part of the maintenance, and the repairs and replacement of the rigging, were done by the vessel's own crew.
The plan was that the Stad Amsterdam would set sail after SAIL Amsterdam for the SDG World Tour, a voyage around the world including 17 locations worldwide and ending in New York on 22 September 2022. Unfortunately, both events were postponed due to coronavirus.
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