FEATURE | Damen completes repair project on Rederij Doeksen ferry

PASSENGER VESSEL WEEK

Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSHL) recently completed a repair project on Vlieland, a Ro-Pax ferry owned and operated by local company Rederij Doeksen.

The vessel operates on Rederij Doeksen’s ferry service across the Wadden Sea between Harlingen in the north of the Netherlands and the island of Vlieland.

Vlieland required repair following a recent incident that took place as it was departing the harbour in Harlingen. As a result of the accident, the vessel’s starboard engine room became flooded.

DSHL carried out an emergency operation, closing the hole, before moving the vessel on to the yard for full repairs.

At the yard, DSHL carried out a series of works on the vessel, including the removal of the main and auxiliary engines, the gearboxes, and all electrical equipment and wiring – of which there is over four kilometres.

Following this, the yard undertook the rebuilding of the engine room. This included re-installing the Caterpillar 3508 main engines and Caterpillar 3406 and 3408 auxiliary engines coupled with generator sets that had been overhauled by PON.

At the same time, the yard blasted the hull and repainted the vessel. A local company, electrical technicians Piet Brouwer, then fitted a new monitoring and safety system on Vlieland after Rederij Doeksen decided that the drydocking was an ideal opportunity to have such a system installed.

Richard de Vries, operations manager at Rederij Doeksen, has confirmed that Vlieland has been returned to active service on the Harlingen-Vlieland route.

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