The refit and restoration work on SS Sørlandet is coming along nicely. She has been on dry dock in Desan Yard in Istanbul-Tuzla Turkey for a month now, and we are looking forward to the before and after photos of our newly restored vessel. The Sørlandet foundation has provided a description of the refit program which will include the following:
Food has a high priority with the crew onboard and a simple conversation about meal time can motivate and generate a positive mood aboard. That’s why special attention will be paid to the refit of the galley. Two new energy efficient marine grade cooking centres will be installed, all new working surfaces with two induction hot plates and new cooling and freezing compartments will also be installed.
The pantry, used for serving meals, will be equipped with new cooling cabinets, heating basins for serving food, ventilation, work benches, marine grade storage units for plates and cutlery, new marine grade coffee/tea machine complete with a water filtration system.
The banjer is a multipurpose area where the students sleep, eat and have most of their classes. It is important to make this area as comfortable as possible to provide students with a comprehensive learning environment. The Banjer will be equipped a new heating, ventilation and energy efficient air conditioning system.
The Banjer will have new tables, sea chests, storage cabinets, bunks and hammocks. The new bunks will be built out of European oak, with three drawers for storage. During the day the bunks will be converted into benches.
The wooden deck planks on the boat deck and the forward deckhouse will be removed and replaced with Arctic pine from Scandinavia. The railings on the forward deckhouse, boat deck and poop deck will be repaired and/or replaced. The steel railing on the captain’s bridge will be removed and replaced by brass railings to restore to original materials.
Water protection for existing doors on the deck will be installed providing extra protection against waves.
All scupper drains from the main deck will be removed and replaced by new ones and the windlass will get a complete overhaul and a new coat of paint.
The rudder will be removed and recalibrated for smoother steering of the ship.
Continue to check back for updates of the Sorlandet refit!