German ferry completes first of two yard visits

Due back in autumn to change engines - Frisia IX Due back in autumn to change engines - 'Frisia IX'
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The 57.1m German Bight island ferry 'Frisia IX' is back in service after extensive modernisation reports Tom Todd.

Frisia IX, which belongs to German ship owner Reederei Norden-Frisia, is nearly 40 years old and spent four months at the yard. Diedrich Schiffswerft, on the Ems near Emden, is one of Germany’s busiest small ship and boat specialists.

The latest work on Frisia IX covered outer deck coating and interiors. Also tackled on the 8.9m wide, 785 shallow-water passenger ferry which draws just 1.15m, were routine annual repairs and maintenance.

Diedrich reported that conservation work and propeller and shaft inspections were also carried out as well as inspection of both rudders and bow thruster plant. A DNV-GL survey was also conducted on the veteran ferry, built by Diedrich in in 1980.

This year’s renovation of Frisia IX is being followed by a second visit to the yard later this year which will apparently run into 2020.

During that stay, the ferry’s Volvo Penta TAMD 162 diesel engines, of total 600kW, are being replaced by more powerful Volva Penta D16 units of total 736kW. Diedrich said the new engines were “of the latest generation, in other words more fuel and emission efficient”. The type was already in use on other ships in the Norden-Frisia fleet, it added.

Norden-Frisia Chairman Carl-Ulfert Stegmann said the work during the two yard visits of Frisia IX this year was costing the owners a total of about €1.2 million. He noted similarly expensive work had been carried out on the company’s Frisia II in 2017/2018. Norden-Frisia’s Project Manager Holger Eilers said the comprehensive renovation of Frisia IX had been an important step in passenger quality improvement.

Two specialist workboats attached to Germany’s Waterways and Shipping agency (WSA) in nearby Emden Port were among other recent notable Diedrich customers.

The 23m research and survey ship Lütje Hörn came in for hull, rudder, propeller, shaft and sea chest checks. Hull conservation work was also carried out on the almost 30-year- old ship.

The specialist 31.8m Emden WSA research, survey and buoy-laying ship Friesland, another vessel built in 1991, called for similar propeller, shaft and rudder inspection work.

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