Clipper Stad Amsterdam

‘Green Ambassador’ Role for Clipper Stad Amsterdam

The Clipper Stad Amsterdam will soon undergo its mid-life maintenance programme. Damen Shipyards De Helder will carry out the works after which the vessel will promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on a world tour.

The works are to be carried out in late 2019 and early 2020 and are to increase the efficiency and sustainability of the Damen-built vessel. Included are replacement of its main engines and diesel generators for equipment with improved levels of efficiency. They will also exchange its sewage installation for a new one that extracts sewage residue, purifying the water for clean, safe disposal.


Damen will conduct the maintenance programme at the former naval dockyard Willemsoord. The historic dockyard in the centre of Den Helder is over 200 years old. With direct access to the sea, it is an ideal location for a programme of works on such a vessel.

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The dock at Willemsoord.

SDG World Tour

With this work, the Stad Amsterdam – already boasting green credentials – will become the perfect ambassador for its next mission; a two-year round the world voyage, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) World Tour, to promote the seventeen UN SDGs. The goals, adopted by all UN member states, are a call for action to build a better world for people and the planet by 2030.

During the voyage, the vessel will make seventeen stops, beginning in Amsterdam and finishing in New York. At each of the stops, the mission will focus on one of the seventeen goals, reaching in total 500 million people with the message of the SDGs.

Picture (top): The Clipper Stad Amsterdam (picture by Żeglarz).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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