HARLINGEN – The 63m (207ft.) Norwegian sailing ship Christian Radich has departed Damen Shiprepair Harlingen after 5 weeks of repairs and maintenance. The 3-masted classic ship is a training vessel but also runs cruises and races with paying guests.
The yard cleaned the exterior, did maintenance on the rudder assembly, including the shaft, replaced the rudder trunk, renewed the top of a freshwater tank and applied a fresh coating requiring the renewal of the wooden deck above it.
Work on the 82-year-old Christian Radich required extra care. Frank Seinen, Director of Damen Ship repair Harlingen said the masts and rigging made cranage more difficult, fixed ballast (rocks in this case) complicated inspections and dealing with traditional woodwork does not compare to handling today’s commercial panelling and flooring.
A crucial element of the project was the installing a new, commercial-grade galley that can prepare food for 80+ crew and guests.
“It was good to welcome the Christian Radich back once again following their last visit in 2015,” said Seinen. His yard is part of the Damen Group, a Dutch defense, shipbuilding, and engineering company that operates more than 50 yards worldwide. Its Amels unit makes very high-end superyachts.