Nowadays, I find myself in the shipyard hall of the Zürichsee-Schiffahrtsgesellschaft (ZSG), undergoing major maintenance work. Sandblasting, locksmith work, and painting are being carried out across my entire keel, covering an area of 700 m² up to my rubbing strake. But I am not the only one - my nine fellow ships will also be undergoing maintenance: MS Stadt Rapperswil, MS Forch, MS Panta Rhei, MS Wädenswil, MS Stadt Zürich, MS Limmat, MS Bachtel, MS Säntis, and MS Helvetia.
Due to our substantial dimensions, only a very small amount of storage space is available. Luckily, we only needed 84 m2 of yard area to deploy the 24 tons of PERI UP Facade Scaffolding materials. I am happy to know that the people who are taking care of me are working in a safe environment, thanks to the scaffolding assembly with a guardrail in advance. What's more, I was excited about having a digital twin as PERI provided 3D plans for the scaffolding solutions of each vessel. These comprehensive plans facilitated visualisation and provided clear guidance for the scaffolders. In addition, PERI offered training for the staff on working in improved safety conditions, which proved highly beneficial for the entire maintenance team.
I am delighted that the restoration work has returned me to my former glory, as I am more than just a steamboat; I am a living memory, a reminder of times gone by, and proof of the strength and resilience of humanity. As long as there are people who appreciate history, beauty, and the spirit of adventure, I will continue to sail, proudly carrying the name of Zurich, as the “DS Stadt Zürich”.