Stad Amsterdam groomed for a 2nd youth
FLUSHING – The 76m-Stad Amsterdam has been stripped inside and out, part of an ambitious makeover of the 3-masted clipper. She is being groomed for a ‘second youth’ by Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen. Much of its interior and technical gear and all of its standing rigging has been removed for overhaul or replacement.
The Clipper Stad Amsterdam, jointly owned by the Dutch capital and manpower agency Randstad was built in 2000 at Damen’s Oranje Yard. Since then, sea, sun, salt and wind have left their marks, says Roland Berendsen, managing director of shipping company Clipper Stad Amsterdam. “The vessel sails without interruption 365 days a year. Apart from annual maintenance, We’ve chosen for one big, radical revamp giving the vessel a second youth. She’ll then be good for 10 to 15 more years at sea.”
The steel-hulled ship was designed by Gerard Dijkstra naval architects based on the mid-19th century frigate Amsterdam. It is not a replica. It just looks old. The ship is equipped with modern navigation technology and very fast. Her sail speed is 17 knots. In 2001, one year after her launch, she won the 2001 Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race.
The overhaul involves blasting and redoing the hull, a complete rewiring and redoing the boarding of the superstructure. During the revamp the 3 top masts and their spars will be removed, the standing rigging will be renewed and the navigation bridge, the chart room and crew mess will be redesigned and upgraded. To finish the wood-lined guest cabins Damen will call on the expertise of super yacht maker Amel, part of Damen Shipyards Group.
The ship is to return to service in June.