The 'Amsterdam', the VOC-replica of the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum), needs a thorough renovation. For this purpose the ship was towed from the berth, next to NEMO, where the 'Amsterdam' had been stationed for four years. In the Western Port Area the ship was dismantled and then transported to Zaandam for maintenance of the hull.
Koninklijke Saan was asked to supply two mobile cranes, including repairing pontoon and runners, which were necessary to dismantle the masts.
Why did the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) choose Saan?
During the construction of ‘The Amsterdam’ Saan had also installed the masts. The fact that Saan has plenty of experience working with two cranes simultaneously worked in Koninklijke Saan’s favour.
During renovation it must be carefully observed whether the parts that need lifting are rotten, especially when the wooden ship masts are dismantled after ten years.
Furthermore, with these types of projects good communication is key, because it involves two cranes. Moreover, there was a certain amount of time pressure because the activities had to be completed before the ship was moved into the dock for further renovation.
Activities carried out
• Outlining a strategy and thoroughly discussing the tasks.
• Determining the necessary cranes.
• Supplying the correct tools and lifting equipment.
• Supplying two cranes for several consecutive days of lifting.