Damen Shiprepair Harlingen (DSH) recently completed repairs to Rederij Doeksen’s passenger/car ferry ‘Vlieland’.
The vessel operates across the Wadden Sea, between Harlingen in the north of the Netherlands and the island of Vlieland.
‘Vlieland’ needed repairs following a recent incident that took place as she was departing from Harlingen. As a result of the accident, the vessel’s starboard engine room became flooded. DSH carried out an emergency operation, filling in the hole, before moving the vessel to the yard for full repairs.
At the yard, Damen carried out the removal of the main and auxiliary engines, the gearboxes and all electrical equipment and wiring, of which there is over 4 Km.
Following this, the yard undertook the rebuilding of the engine room, which included re-installing the CAT 3508 main engines and Cat 3406 & 3408 auxiliary engines cpl/w generator sets that had been overhauled by PON.
Klaas Krook PON account manager product support, explained; “We value our relationships, most of which are long-term. When Doeksen was faced with the damage on the ‘Vlieland’, we went for the extra mile. Together with our valued partner Damen, we overhauled the engines in the starboard engine room, and used REMAN parts to get it done cost efficiently.”
At the same time, the yard blasted the hull and repainted the vessel. A local company, electrical technicians Piet Brouwer, installed a new monitoring and safety system on board, as Rederij Doeksen took the opportunity to undertake this work, while the vessel was in dock.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion sales manager Klaas Kuper said; “Rederij Doeksen is a long-standing client of Damen Shiprepair Harlingen, visiting the yard on a regular basis for the scheduled maintenance of their fleet. We enjoy an excellent relationship and are pleased to be able to assist them in getting the ‘Vlieland’ safely operational again.”
Richard de Vries, Rederij Doeksen Managing Director, added: “We are pleased to be able to take ‘Vlieland’ back into active ferry service. We are very satisfied with the co-operation between the various parties, who have made every effort to get this job done as quickly and professionally as possible.”