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Monday, October 28, 2019 

The Clipper 'Stad Amsterdam' has arrived at Damen Shipyards Den Helder for a five-month programme of work to prepare the vessel for a green ambassadorial role, sailing to 17 destinations promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Damen will carry out a scope of work that will increase the efficiency and sustainability of the ship, originally built by Damen in 2000. This includes replacement of main engines and diesel generators for equipment with improved levels of efficiency, and exchanging the existing sewage installation for one that extracts sewage residue, purifying the water for clean, safe disposal.

The UN Sustainable Development goals are adopted by all UN member states as a call for action to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They represent a plan to build a better world for people and the planet by 2030. During the voyage, beginning in Amsterdam and finishing in New York, the mission will focus on one of the 17 UN sustainability goals at each stop.

Evert van Dishoek, director of the Clipper Stad Amsterdam project said: "Damen Shipyards Den Helder can properly accommodate our project at the Oude Rijkswerf with the dock capacity and the experience they have. Damen has also good facilities for deck work and rigging work, some of which will be carried out by our own crew. The clipper is dry berthed in dock two and will be visible to visitors during the refit."

Damen Shipyards Group has committed itself to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is proud to play its part in preparing the Stad Amsterdam for her important role.

The traditionally-built Stad Amsterdam is 76m in length and features 31 sails with a total area of 2,200 m2. She sails under the Dutch flag.

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