Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has awarded Alewijnse Marine the contract to undertake the installation of electrical equipment on board the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) Combat Support Ship (CSS) HNLMS Den Helder. The contract is the largest in the history of Alewijnse and involves the company delivering and installing a wide range of electrical equipment, including some 585 kilometres of cables and all onboard lighting.
Alewijnse will commence its engineering scope immediately and will deliver first equipment to the project in April 2021. Damen and Alewijnse have a long history of cooperation on projects for diverse ships. This includes numerous examples of highly complex vessels. This track record features several examples from the defence & security segment.
Amongst the naval vessels the two companies have worked together on are a number of export projects such as the Multi-Role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) Sycamore of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) frigates of the Indonesian Navy and the Mexican Navy’s Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA) vessel ARM Juárez.
Alewijnse has also supported Damen with electrical installation for many RNLN vessels. These are the Holland Class Oceangoing Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and the Joint Support Ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman, which has a similar main task as the CSS HNLMS Den Helder, namely replenishment at sea. Alewijnse has also recently supported the electrical refit of HNLMS Pelikaan. Alewijnse’s presence on the project brings not only years of experience, knowledge and collaborative engagement, it also offers electrical commonality to the fleet of the RNLN.
Founded in 1889, Alewijnse is a multi-faceted electrical engineering service provider headquartered in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The company designs and maintains installations for the industrial and maritime industries. Alewijnse consists of two parts: Alewijnse Industry and Alewijnse Marine. Alewijnse Industry specialises in drinking water, food and specific projects in the manufacturing industry. Alewijnse Marine works on the newbuild and refit of vessels for diverse sectors of the maritime industry including yachting, commercial shipping and defence & security.
The company operates in other locations in the Netherlands in Krimpen aan den IJssel and Drachten as well as internationally in Galati, Romania, Hai Phong, Vietnam and La Ciotat, France. Altogether, the company employs in the region of 1,000 personnel.