System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems has, in addition to having been awarded a contract for the complete electrical installation package for one Indonesian naval frigate, won the contract for the second identical vessel.
Overall the contracts cover the provision of compIete electrical installation packages including platform automation and integrated bridge systems on twin, 105-metre SIGMA PKR 10514 Guided Missile Frigates. The first of these is already under construction for the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Indonesia.
The electrical installations for both vessels are being undertaken by Alewijnse Marine Systems and cover every stage of the process starting with design, engineering and systems integration, followed by the production of the panels and switchboards, installation of all systems, and commissioning. Alewijnse is also providing project and site management services at the two building locations. The contract for providing the complete platform automation system also covers design, engineering, programming, installation and commissioning, and Alewijnse is also responsible for the complete integrated bridge systems from design to final delivery.
Alewijnse Marine Systems integrated its engineers with those at Damen as work began on the first vessel and a team of engineers is now permanently based at the DSNS yard at Vlissingen, working on detailed engineering. This allows seamless planning, coordination and an overall optimised ship design.
“We’re very pleased that Damen chose us to collaborate with them on this project for these highly sophisticated vessels,” said Alewijnse CEO Dick Alewijnse. “Naval units depend completely on their electrical systems to operate and survive under the most hostile conditions and we are delighted that Damen selected us based on our engineering expertise and track record of completing projects on time and to budget.
“We first started working with DSNS in the naval shipbuilding sector in 2004; initially on the Dutch Holland class patrol vessels and more recently on the construction of the Joint Support Ship, in which we are currently fully involved. We are very proud that we have now been granted an even larger scope of supply, encompassing full vessel engineering, automation systems and integrated bridge systems.”
Alewijnse has become a significant supplier to the naval sector in recent years, developing extensive experience in this most demanding of all maritime sectors. The current Joint Support Ship and the recently completed Patrol Vessel contracts both included the installation of the full on-board ICT systems including the communications and radar masts, the latter in cooperation with Thales. Elsewhere Alewijnse Marine Nijmegen undertook the refit of navy support ship HNLMS Pelikaan as well as providing the engineering and installation supervision for hydrographic survey vessels operated by the Vietnamese and Thai governments, in partnership with Alewijnse Marine Galati. The group even has experience with submarines, having reconfigured a Walrus-class vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy from rotating to static convertors.
Alewijnse, February 10, 2014; Image: Wikimedia