Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has chosen Alewijnse Marine for electrical installation activities aboard the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) Combat Support Ship (CSS).

The contract also covers installation of the military equipment on the RNLN’s HNLMS Den Helder.

As the main electrical installation contractor for the programme, the company will deliver electrical commonality within the RNLN’s fleet.

Using advanced and innovative techniques, the complex project will be executed using 3D modelling. The technology will track every piece of equipment and transmit the associated information.

This will provide the users with an accurate picture to monitor the mission, increasing the efficiency.

Alewijnse segment manager Florin Nicutaru said: “We look forward to starting the project. It’s always good to be working with Damen.

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Once upgraded, HNLMS Den Helder will restore the maritime replenishment capacity of the RNLN. The vessel will operate during global high threat situations, under the protection of frigates.

It will also perform other missions, including the prevention of drug trafficking, the control of refugee flows, and the provision of emergency aid.

Nicutaru added: “Having undertaken many defence and 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.”

Alewijnse and Damen partnered earlier for a number of similar projects.

Additionally, the company performed electrical installation for the RNLN’s Holland Class off-shore patrol vessels (OPVs) and the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman.

The company recently refitted HNLMS Pelikaan at Damen Shipyards Den Helder.