Naval work for Alewijnse

08 Mar 2017

'HNLMS Pelikaan' at the Parera naval base in Willemstad, Curaçao

'HNLMS Pelikaan' at the Parera naval base in Willemstad, Curaçao

Netherlands-headquartered global system integrator Alewijnse Marine has signed a contract with the Royal Netherlands Navy for the electrical refit of ‘HNLMS Pelikaan’ (A804), a logistics support vessel designed and built for operations in the Caribbean Sea.

The 65.4 metre HNLMS
is currently at the Parera naval base in Willemstad, Curaçao, in
the Netherlands Antilles and will remain there for the works until April 2017.

Alewijnse has been contracted to deliver project management
services and to prepare, install and commission all the new electrical systems
and associated cabling on the external decks of the vessel. This includes the
navigation equipment, electrical facilities and lighting. Alewijnse says these
systems will be replaced in such a way as to reduce the future wear and tear
caused by weather conditions.

Alewijnse was contracted by Royal Netherlands Navy after a
tender process. Alewijnse Service Coordinator Perry Eikelenboom commented: “We
are very pleased with the confidence that the Royal Netherlands Navy is showing
in our company. Alewijnse designed and installed the original electrical
systems on the vessel when she was built and eleven years later we have been
invited back to take care of the systems upgrade.”
Alewijnse and the Royal Netherlands Navy have worked together successfully for
many years on various naval vessels, including the Joint Support Ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman, the Holland-Class
Oceangoing Patrol Vessels and the amphibious transport ships HNLMS Johan de Witt and HNLMS Rotterdam. As reported in Maritime
Journal in Maritime Journal in
January 2017, at the end of 2016, Alewijnse opened a new service and
maintenance facility in Den Helder in the Netherlands. This allows it to
deliver its expertise in all types of electrical systems more quickly and
efficiently to naval and commercial vessels at the Dutch Royal Naval dockyard
and Damen Shipyards Den Helder. 

HNLMS Pelikaan was
launched in 2006 in Galati, Romania, at the yard where Alewijnse maintains a
dedicated office. There it designs and builds electrical systems primarily for
new vessels. In addition to Romania, the company has offices in the
Netherlands, Vietnam, China, Qatar, Turkey and France.

HNLMS Pelikaan
sailed into Willemstad for the first time on 11 September 2006. Her arrival was
enthusiastically welcomed by the local population, in recognition of her
important role in maintaining security and delivering emergency aid in the
Caribbean. The ship primarily supports operations and training conducted by the
Dutch Ministry of Defence unit in the Caribbean, and also delivers aid and
humanitarian assistance following hurricanes and other natural catastrophes.
Most recently, she assisted in relief operations for Haiti following the
passage of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

By Jake Frith

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