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Wiullem Barendsz

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Willem Barendsz, Dutch Whaling Factory Vessel (1949)


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The Willem Barendtz is the final incarnation of the long line of whaling ship designs. The vessel was there constructed as a commercial whaling factory ship in the Netherlands in XXX. The vessel was a modernized version of an earlier whaling factory ship named Willem Barendtz. The ship is optimized for whale oil production and actually is a tanker on top of which there is a factory deck and an exposed work deck.

The vessel has more accommodations than a conventional tanker to allow for the much larger crew needed to butcher and process the whales. The factory floor beneath the exposed work deck contains a variety of large scale processing equipment including boilers and oil purifiers to reduce the whale meat, fat and bones to the largest proportion of oil.

The vessel is a true factory vessel that contains a production line that starts at the ship’s stern where the whale that are caught by the whale catchers are delivered and hauled aboard on the ramp. The whales are cut up on the exposed deck and the smaller sections are then delivered to the factory floor below.

On these modern factory vessels only a very small percentage of the whale is not used and the components from which all oil has been removed are even further processed into fertilizer.

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This model was completed in 1999

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