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Mechanical pipe joining systems producer Victualic is supporting Sea Cadets at Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands as they repair and refit the Zeefakkel, which suffered serious fire damage in an arson attack last October.
The company has donated 25 lightweight galvanised Style 75 flexible couplings to replace ones used nearly 30 years ago to connect 100mm piping for the sewage lines on board. The cadets are carrying out the work themselves under the supervision of retired Dutch Navy employee, Rob van Houten, who has knowledge of Victaulic systems used on Dutch Navy ships.
A former Navy ship built in 1949, the Zeefakkel was previously used to carry out hydrographical studies in the North Sea and as a technical school for training nautical officers. Hellevoetsluis Sea Cadets Corps bought the vessel in 2003.
During a major retrofit at the Dutch Navy’s Rijkswerf Shipyard in Den Helder in 1984, Victaulic products were used for the ship’s sewage lines. The original coupling housings fitted then withstood the intense heat of the blaze in October 2011 and held the pipes in place. The couplings are being replaced now to ensure that the elastomer gaskets contained within the housings, which help form a watertight seal in the pipe joint, offer total reliability.
Work to restore the Zeefakkel is set to be complete in September and a celebratory sea trip is planned.