Dutch system integrator Alewijnse Marine said it has opened a new service and maintenance facility in the port of Den Helder to support its activities at the Dutch Royal Naval dockyard and Damen Shipyards Den Helder.
The company said this new facility will allow it to deliver its expertise in all types of electrical systems more quickly and efficiently to naval and commercial vessels.
Alewijnse Marine has been working in Den Helder for several years, on contracts with both Damen Shipyards Den Helder and the Dutch Royal Navy.
“What began with providing service on hybrid tugboats, expanded rapidly into delivering larger service and maintenance contracts, particularly for naval vessels,” the company explained.
In the past, Alewijnse Marine has worked on the joint support ship (JSS) Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman and the amphibious transport ships Zr. Ms. Johan de Witt and Zr. Ms. Rotterdam.
As part of the Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman’s maintenance work on the main engines which will last until summer 2017, Alewijnse was contracted by Defensie Materieel Organisatie (DMO) to install a wireless internet system on board.
Besides work on naval vessels, Alewijnse also undertook a series of large electrical servicing and maintenance projects on research vessels, offshore support vessels and other ships.
Alewijnse Service Manager Brigit Reichardt sees growth opportunities for the new service facility in Den Helder: “The opening of a new service hub in Den Helder is not only in response to the growing number of assignments from Damen Shipyards Den Helder and the Royal Dutch Navy, it is also in line with the ambition of the Port of Den Helder to develop its capabilities as important hub for maritime maintenance and services in the coming years.”