Going back in time, we can say that the foundation for this job had already been laid in 1898, when founder Egbert Wagenborg started what is now known as Royal Wagenborg. Years later Wagenborg Passenger Services was running a ferry service between Holwerd, The Netherlands and the Dutch island of Ameland. The former m.v. ‘Sier’, a ferry built in 1985, ensured that millions of people could spend a pleasant holiday on the island.
After ten years of service between Holwerd and Ameland, the m.v. ‘Sier’ was renamed m.v. ‘Rottum’ and started running on a different route of Wagenborg Passenger Services, between Lauwersoog, The Netherlands and the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. Then recently, after more than 25 years of active duty, it was time for the ‘Rottum’ to get a complete refit at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in Delfzijl. Part of the refit program was to equip the vessel with a completely new bridge. Over the past years however, the ‘Rottum’ became an icon for all those people travelling between the Dutch mainland and the Frisian Islands. For this reason the bridge was donated by Wagenborg Passenger Services to the Foundation of Museums on Ameland. And of course Royal Wagenborg made sure the bridge could travel once more between the mainland and the island.
The fourteen metres long, eight metres high and 25 tonnes weighing bridge was placed with a Wagenborg Nedlift mobile crane onto the vessel ‘Monnik’, running mate of the ‘Rottum’. The ‘Monnik’, all of a sudden a vessel with two bridges, transported the former bridge of her partner to Ameland, where Wagenborg Nedlift took care of the local transport to the Maritime Centre. Here the bridge was in the hands of Wagenborg for one last time, when she was lifted over the roof of the Maritime Centre into her final position, where she now stands as the icon of the services provided by Royal Wagenborg already for many years.
Complete make-over of the m.v. Rottum
Recently, after more than 25 years of active duty, it was time for the ‘Rottum’ to get a complete refit at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in Delfzijl. Besides a completely new bridge, more major adjustments were made to the ferry. On a technical level the ferry got a double bottom and the engines were replaced. The most visible improvement for our passengers is the new interior.
After the refit the ‘Rottum’ is easily capable of another 25 years of sailing between the Dutch mainland and the Frisian Islands.