On June 11, Alewijnse Marine signed a contract with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. With this contract, Alewijnse becomes responsible for installation activities, including military equipment, of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) combat support vessel, HNLMS Den Helder.
Alewijnse was selected by Damen as the main electrical installation contractor due to the company’s previous experience. The two sides have already cooperated on numerous projects, including many highly complex defense and security projects for navies around the world.
Among these are several examples for the RNLN. Alewijnse carried out the electrical installation of the Navy’s Holland-class OPVs and the HNLMS Karel Doorman Joint Support Ship. Alewijnse also recently supported the refit of HNLMS Pelikaan at Damen Shipyards Den Helder. Alewijnse’s involvement in the HNLMS Den Helder project not only brings the knowledge and experience gained through the execution of many successful projects, but also ensures electrical commonality within the RNLN fleet.
DSNS Project Manager Arjan Risseeuw (pictured above right with CEO Alewijnse Gert Bravenboer left and DSNS Managing Director Hein van Ameijden centre) said: “I look forward to working with Alewijnse on this project. Having worked together in the past on similar projects – such as the HNLMS Karel Doorman Joint Support Ship – I am very confident in their suitability for this project.
Florin Nicutaru, Head of Alewijnse Segment, said: “We are looking forward to starting the project. It’s always nice to work with Damen. Having undertaken many defense and security related projects in the past, we are well aware of the complexity and stringent regulations we face and how to meet these requirements. We are well prepared, having invested heavily in the best possible tools and equipment and providing our employees with the relevant training necessary to perform their tasks to the high standards required of them.
The great complexity of the project is facilitated by the application of innovative techniques.
“There is a high degree of 3D modeling involved in the execution of this project. Thanks to this, we can track each piece of equipment and quickly receive information related to it. We will be able to monitor processes very carefully and get an accurate picture of our day-to-day progress for optimal efficiency,” Florin said.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense is keen to maintain the knowledge and skills to design and build such ships in the Netherlands and has therefore not issued a tender for the support ship project. fighting elsewhere in Europe. For this, the ministry invoked article 346 on the functioning of the European Union. This stipulates that EU Member States can protect essential security interests, including those linked to the production of defense equipment. The Netherlands has an extensive naval supply chain with broad capabilities. Alewijnse is one of more than a hundred Dutch companies operating in the naval sector to work on this vessel.
HNLMS Den Helder will restore the maritime resupply capability of the RNLN. She will function as a supply ship like HNLMS Karel Doorman, operating around the world, sometimes in high threat situations, under the protection of frigates. In addition, its work will include preventing drug trafficking, controlling refugee flows and providing emergency aid.
News from the Sea, July 7