Damen Shipyards Den Helder has signed a major contract with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence for the extensive maintenance and modernisation of all the major vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
With this contract, support ship HNLMS Pelikaan, along with hydrographic survey vessels HNLMS Snellius and HNLMS Luymes, all of the Royal Netherlands Navy, will be heading to Damen Shipyards Den Helder for an extensive maintenance and modernisation programme, said a company statement.
HNLMS Pelikaan is the logistic support ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy in the Caribbean used for transportation and emergency assistance. This will be the first time the vessel returns to the Netherlands since her commissioning in 2006.
The scope of work that the Damen yard will perform will include equipping the vessels with new hull plating, renewal of radars and communications equipment and maintenance the ship’s systems, along with regular maintenance, said the statement from Damen Shipyards.
The Royal Netherlands Navy uses the hydrographic survey vessels to chart the sea bottom. The Hydrographic Service uses this information, amongst other things, to produce nautical charts and other navigational publications.
Under this contract, Damen will replace all the vessels’ underwater sensors to enable them to perform their tasks efficiently in the coming years, it added.
Jelle Loosman, managing director of Damen Shipyards Den Helder, said: “We are very proud to accept this new contract together with our subcontractors, and are confident that the ships will be delivered in time, within budget and with the high quality that is known worldwide as the Damen trademark.”
In its implementation and provision of engineering for this project, Damen is supported by around 30 renowned Dutch suppliers and sub-contractors.
Damen will begin work on the project later this year and is expected to complete it in 2021. Work will be distributed between Damen Shipyards Den Helder and Damen Shiprepair Harlingen, it said. – TradeArabia News Service