Alewijnse Marine signed a contract for the installation activities for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) new Combat Support Ship, HNLMS Den Helder.
The contract for electrical installation activities, including of the military equipment, was signed with the vessel’s prime contractor Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) on June 11.
Arjan Risseeuw, project director DSNS said, “I am looking forward to collaborating with Alewijnse on this project. Having worked together in the past on similar projects – such as the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman – I am very confident in their suitability for this project.”
Florin Nicutaru, Alewijnse segment manager stated, “We look forward to starting the project. It’s always good to be working with Damen. Having undertaken many defence & security-related projects in the past, we are well aware of the complexity and stringent regulations facing us and how to meet these requirements. We are well-prepared, having invested considerably in the best possible tools and equipment and provided our employees with the relevant training necessary to perform their tasks to the high standards demanded of them.”
“There is a high degree of 3D modelling involved in this project execution. With this we can track every piece of equipment and quickly receive information relating to it. We will be able to monitor processes very carefully and gain an accurate picture of our progress day-by-day for optimal efficiency,” stated Florin.
According to Alewijnse statement, the company was selected by Damen as main electrical installation contractor due to the company’s previous experience. The two parties have previously cooperated on numerous projects, including many highly complex defence & security projects for navies around the world.
lewijnse has performed electrical installation for the RNLN’s Holland Class OPVs and for the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman. Alewijnse has also recently supported the refit of HNLMS Pelikaan at Damen Shipyards Den Helder. Alewijnse’s involvement in the HNLMS Den Helder project brings not only the knowledge and experience gained via execution of numerous successful projects, but also ensures electrical commonality within the RNLN’s fleet.
HNLMS Den Helder
HNLMS Den Helder will be the first Dutch Navy ship to be named after the city which is home to their main naval base. She will operate alongside the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman (A833), on which the design of the new vessel is based.
The supply ship, which is almost 200 metres long, will receive a 75-person crew and can also take 75 extra people on board. There is room for several helicopters and around 20 containers. The vessel will also carry two rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) on board for boarding, rescue operations and passenger transport and two FRISC (Fast Raiding, Interception and Special forces Craft) interceptor boats.
The design explicitly looked at fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. The combination of diesel engines, hull shape and propeller design reduces fuel consumption by around 6 % compared to HNLMS Karel Doorman.
The completion of the Combat Support Ship is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024 an the vessel is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2025. The total project budget is around 375 million euros.
The new ship can be used worldwide and can operate under high threat, protected by frigates. In addition, she can be used in the fight against drug trafficking, controlling refugee flows and providing emergency aid.