The crew's request was clear: provide two support containers, one suitable as an ultra-modern workshop and one for the storage of the chase boat and spare parts. A complete electrical package was also a must. This was a fun challenge for our mechanics in which they could use all their creativity. The crew did not want to be dependent on other parties for maintenance and assembly work. That is why the containers are equipped with all the necessary materials!
Based on a reefer container
A so-called ‘reefer container’ was used for the first service container. “The advantage of such a refrigerator container is that it already has top-quality insulation material,” Frederik explains. The existing air-conditioner was dismantled to make way for a custom-made module with space for a new air conditioner and air compressor. The container was also equipped with Bott workbenches and a ten-metre-long stainless-steel worktop for extra work space.
Ideal for higher temperatures
The rest of the container was fitted with custom-made racks for the crates with spare parts and work equipment. The container was also equipped with LED lighting for an optimal working environment. A special element in this container is the air conditioning in combination with the strip curtain. This way all the cold (or warm) air remains completely in the container.
In close cooperation with captain Romke Lopik, Frederik the project leader made all the crew's wishes come true. Frederik adds: “The container is now in Zaandam where the ship is being completed. The container is already in full use and is currently being further furnished by the crew members – who are very enthusiastic about the end result!”
A container for the chase boat
According to Frederik, the second container, intended for SY Nilaya's chase boat, should not be forgotten. “We used a pallet-wide container with maximum space for this,” he says. The container has shelves for spare parts and is equipped with an electricity package. “This includes WCDs, a Victron inverter, LED lighting and shore power connection,” he explains. The second container is expected to be commissioned in the course of the year when the chase boat is ready. “We wish the crew a lot of sailing pleasure and hope that they enjoy both portoboxes for many years to come,” Frederik concludes enthusiastically.
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