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Monday, July 22, 2019  (Comments: 1)

Damen Shipyards Den Helder is to carry out a maintenance programme that will increase the efficiency and sustainability of the Damen-built Clipper 'Stad Amsterdam', preparing her for a round the world voyage she will undertake in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The work that Damen will carry out in the former naval dockyard Willemsoord on the Stad Amsterdam includes replacement of main engines and diesel generators for equipment with improved levels of efficiency. The sewage installation will be exchanged for a new version that extracts sewage residue, purifying the water for clean, safe disposal.

With this work, the Stad Amsterdam, already boasting green credentials, will become an ambassador for her next mission; a two-year round the world voyage, the SDG World Tour, to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The goals, adopted by all UN member states, are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the environment.

During the voyage, the vessel will make 17 stops, beginning in Amsterdam and finishing in New York, focusing in each place on one of the 17 goals, reaching in total 500 million people.

Den Helder is well used to welcoming tall ships – having hosted Sail Den Helder five times in the past with a sixth visit planned for 2023. Stad Amsterdam will arrive in the city in time for the Traditional Ship Festival and will be visible to the public during her 5-month visit.

Damen Shipyards Den Helder MD Jelle Loosman said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Stad Amsterdam back to Damen for this project. We are excited to be undertaking the work at the Willemsoord – we have extensive experience of undertaking work on location and the historic harbour is the perfect setting for a vessel such as the Stad Amsterdam. Damen has committed itself to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are proud to play our part in preparing the vessel for her important role in supporting this plan for a better world.”

The Stad Amsterdam was delivered by Damen in 2000. She combines the best construction methods of the past with those of the present, with a classic look and feel. The vessel is 76m in length and features 31 sails with a total area of 2,200 m2. She sails under the Dutch flag and normally carries out business events, luxury cruises and adventurous sailing trips.

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By Tom Moody on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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