The vessel overhauling is taking place in Lisbon Naval Rocha Shipyards, where she is dry-docked since October 2016. The revamping is aiming apart of other maintenance tasks a fuel consumption reduction in excess of 20% making her one of the most Eco friendly Luxury Yacht on business at date.
S.S.Delphine at Naval Rocha Shipyard Drydock. A view of her beautiful bow.
S.S.Delphine is receiving new boilers controls for optimised air fuel ratio, feed water economisers, but also the NATO approved Voyage Energy Efficiency Optimiser VEEO (1st prize of Sea Trade Awards Clean Shipping 2012) and BOEM-S (Blue Overall Energy Monitoring system).
By using these two solutions from TecnoVeritas, ship management is capable of optimising the Delphine’s operations, being connected digitally to the vessel.
VEEO is connected to Optipower that is measuring the two shaft lines Torque, Thrust and RPM, therefore allowing the monitoring of hull and machinery condition. VEEO is delivering crucial information to the crew regarding the level of energy use at any moment while advising the way to improve it. Weather routing and voyage optimisation was also deployed.
BOEM-S toolbox include Ship Performance and its prediction, Energy Management and its accountancy, Maintenance Management, Ship Document Management and Condition Monitoring of the most crucial ship systems components like condensers, which have a strong impact on fuel consumption. A most important detail, is that, reporting is fully automated without human intervention, therefore freeing ship crew for other tasks, while ensuring a great reliability of data.
S.S. Delphine is also receiving from TecnoVeritas a special attention regarding sound and vibration insulation. Particularly optimised sound canopies and vibration mountings have been designed so that she will be offering their guests an unbeatable sailing silence.
SS Delphine is a yacht commissioned by Horace Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers the American car manufacturer. The yacht was launched on 2nd of April 1921, with a length between perpendiculars of 79 m.
Power was originally supplied by three Babcock & Wilcox boilers powering two 1,100 kW quadruple expansion engines. In her 2003 refit Delphine was re-equipped with two modern water-tube boilers operating at 17.5 bars, the main boiler has an evaporation capacity of 14 tons/hour of steam while the auxiliary boiler can evaporate 4 ton/hour; these new boilers supply steam to the two original quadruple-expansion engines. Delphine is the only yacht built between 1893 and 1930 left in her original condition with her original steam propulsion plant still in service.
S.S.Delphine was also a warship. Delphine was acquired by the United States Navy in January 1942 and rechristened USS Dauntless (PG-61), to serve as the flagship for Admiral Ernest King, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations. She was sold back to Horace Dodge's wife after the World War II and restored as a civilian vessel and service, including her original name.
Delphine had different owners in 1967 and again in 1968, changing names again to Dauntless her name during the World War II, being sold again in 1986, 1989, and in 1997 – for scrapping. Her next owners have engaged her in an ambitious restoring project of $60 million bringing her to the original 1921 glamour including interior decor but keeping the original steam propulsion engines. She was rechristened again with Delphine by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco on 10th of September 2003. She was recently acquired by its current owners in 2015 and will return to its home port of Monaco around March 2017 for the charter season.
As a conclusion of this project, one can say that S.S.Delphine did not received a “face lift” as she is naturally beautiful, but, by the contrary she received a rejuvenation elixir that made her again not only even more beautiful but also Eco Friendly comparing to new builds of today.