Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has recently signed two new contracts with Alfa Laval Benelux for the delivery of the ballast water treatment system, the fuel oil separators, the oily bilge separator and the plate heat exchangers for the new Combat Support Ship (CSS) of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).
Located in Breda with around 140 employees, Alfa Laval Benelux is specialised in providing a variety of solutions to the marine industries such as ballast water treatment, emission control, freshwater generation and heating & cooling. Its technologies and environmental solutions are helping to create a sustainable balance and are designed to meet both current and new regulatory demands, such as those regulating ballast water treatment and airborne emissions.
The contracts for the CSS include engineering and delivery of the equipment, as well as project management, commissioning and acceptance tests and integrated logistic support (ILS). Equipment supply to the CSS is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2021.
Like DSNS, Alfa Laval Benelux is an important part of the supply base for the Dutch maritime industry. Alfa Laval’s comprehensive offering in ballast water treatment, especially when it comes to service, and the reliability and ease of use of its equipment were key factors in Damen’s choice. Damen and Alfa Laval Benelux have a long history of cooperation, going back to the first SIGMA corvette for export, the Diponegoro (Sigma 9113) class corvettes delivered to the Indonesian Navy. After the first successful contract, the collaboration continued with deliveries for all SIGMA combatants for the export market (the Sigma Class FMMM frigates delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy, the Martadinata class frigates for the Indonesian Navy and the F101 Benito Juárez for the Mexican Navy), the RNLN’s Ocean-Going Patrol Vessels of the Holland class, the RNLN Joint Support Ship Karel Doorman and the Australian Antarctic Supply Research Vessel RSV Nuyina for the Australian Antarctic Division.
The two contracts signed with Alfa Laval Benelux bring the total number of contracts signed with Dutch maritime suppliers for the CSS to twenty-seven, with a cumulative value outsourced so far to the Dutch maritime cluster of over 80 million euro.