The fully-rigged crusing ship Christian Radich has departed Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSHl) following 5 weeks of repairs and upkeep. The Norwegian-flagged, 63-metre, three-master is just not solely used as a coaching ship for younger Norwegians, she additionally undertakes cruises and races with paying company. She is due to this fact maintained to a excessive customary.
The upkeep works at DSHl included excessive strain jetting and cleansing of the outside, whereas the rudder meeting together with the shaft underwent upkeep works and the rudder trunk was changed. Other works included the renewal of the highest of a freshwater tank and the appliance of a contemporary coating, which required the renewal of the wood deck above it.
Maintaining a traditional crusing ship – the Christian Radich was launched in 1937 – may be very totally different to works on a contemporary motor vessel. The presence of masts and rigging makes cranage way more troublesome, whereas the usage of mounted ballast, rocks on this case, additionally makes entry for inspections extremely problematic. Other points that require cautious dealing with embrace the standard woodwork used within the lodging. This may be very totally different to at the moment’s industrial panelling and flooring and must be dealt with with nice care and with excessive ranges of expertise. Any metal works additionally brings specific challenges.
The most vital factor of the five-week programme was the elimination of the prevailing galley and the set up of a brand new, commercial-grade facility able to feeding the 80 plus crew and company. As properly because the set up work, carried out by specialist subcontractors, the refit concerned the elimination of all of the concrete flooring for the becoming of the brand new gear together with a air flow system, and new partitions, ceiling and flooring.
“It was good to welcome the Christian Radich again as soon as once more following their final go to in 2015,” mentioned Frank Seinen, Director of Damen Shiprepair Harlingen. “Not solely do we’ve relationship with the vessel, however throughout earlier visits to Harlingen the Christian Radich Foundation has fashioned relationship with our native Maritime Academy and that signifies that the crew can keep there in consolation whereas the works go on. As earlier than, it has been a pleasure to be entrusted with the works on board such a fantastic and delicate vessel.” (Source and picture: Damen)
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