Visiting Vessel - Zeefakkel


Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH

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The Zeefakkel
De Zeefakkel was built as a Rijksopnemingsvaartuig at J. & K. Smit in Kinderdijk. The Zeefakkel was launched on 21 JULY 1950. For the first time the ship was put into service on March 16, 1951 as Hr.Ms. Zeefakkel. The task of the Zeefakkel at that time was to make SEA CARDS of the North Sea.

In the past ..
After more than 21 years, the Zeefakkel was deported on 26 October 1972 as a Rijksopnemingsvaartuig. After major maintenance, the ship was put into service as State instruction vessel for the ADELBORST PROGRAMS of the Royal Naval Institute in Den Helder, in short the KIM and the school for naval officers. In 1980 and 1995 the Zeefakkel was completely renovated. Two new main engines of the brand Stork Werkspoor came together for 1200 hp. In 1982, the diesel generator sets were replaced by two DAF engines with generators that provide 440 volts alternating current 60 Hz. The ship was made fireproof inside and provided with a new layer of paint. The ship was also provided with a GIROCOMPASS and the mast was made collapsible. The dining and sleeping quarters were also completely renovated.

In 1998 it was decided to replace the Zeefakkel with a new instruction vessel that will be called KINSBERGEN. On 2 November 1999 the van Kinsbergen entered service and the Zeefakkel became a reserve vessel until 1 January 2000. On January 12, 2000 the HNLMS left. Zeefakkel the port of Den Helder on its way to its new home port Hellevoetsluis where the Zeefakkel arrived on 15 JANUARY 2000 at 13.00. From that period on the ship will serve as a training vessel for the Sea Cadet Corps Hellevoetsluis.

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Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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