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Trondheim, Norway

Ship's Blog - June 21, 2013

After almost two months of shipyard and overhaul works, the HANSE EXPLORER is finally ready again for the Arctic charter season. This year’s overhauls have been so far the most extensive yet: the main engine was almost completely dismantled and overhauled after an impressive 30000 hours in service in only 6 years. The propeller was removed, the propeller shaft was pulled out, shaft bearings were removed and replaced and even the crankshaft bearings of the main engine were renewed. Safety equipment received its annual service by shore personnel; yearly inspections by the classification society “German Lloyd” were performed and even hotel equipment like coffee machines and laundry equipment received their annual service.

The anchor boxes were completely re-painted and overhauled, so were both anchors. The propeller and the hull were professionally cleaned and the entire ship’s bottom received new paint. When the HANSE EXPLORER was ready to be re-launched she looked almost like a new-built ship – or even better.

While at anchor in Aarhus, Denmark, the entire ship was deep cleaned by the crew, repairs in the guest area were performed, the ship’s top sides were painted, teak wood received new oil and varnish and a brand new Zodiac was prepared and put into service. HANSE EXPLORER also received an additional dive compressor, so that the ship is now equipped with two powerful dive compressors for redundancy while out on dive trips in remote areas.

These extensive overhauls have proven to be necessary, because HANSE EXPLORER as expedition yacht operating almost year round in the Polar Regions and often being “beat” through dense ice and rough seas gets a lot more “wear and tear” than any other yacht in the world.

Capt. Martin Graser

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