DEN HELDER – The 76m Clipper Stad Amsterdam has been refloated after an extensive refit lasting 6 months by Damen Shipyards. The refit has readied the ship for a circumnavigation highlighting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2-year world tour is to generate more awareness for that initiative at 17 locations. During the tour, the clipper will serve as a traveling academy.
The Stad Amsterdam (City of Amsterdam) is a 3-masted, steel-hulled clipper, built by Damen in 2000. The ship was designed by Gerard Dijkstra who modeled her after the mid-19th century frigate Amsterdam.
Evert van Dishoeck, director of the Stad Amsterdam, says the refit focused on optimizing onboard energy supply and included the replacement of the main engines, diesel generators and the shore power, sewage and chilled water systems.
“In the engine room, almost all the piping from most systems has been renewed,” he added. The galley has been taken out and partly replaced to offer improved efficiency.”
The vessel features 31 sails and is available for business events, luxury cruises and adventure sailing trips. With a steel hull, she offers a combination of the best qualities of clippers of the past with modern techniques. The ship easily does 15 knots and won the 2001 Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.
Damen Shipyards Group runs 36 shipbuilding and repair yards and employs 13,000 people worldwide. The company has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries. It aims to become the most sustainable shipbuilder in the world. It makes tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high-speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, offshore vessels, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.