Alewijnse undertakes mid-life electrical refit for Zr.Ms. Pelikaan


Alewijnse Marine is undertaking a comprehensive electrical refit on the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Support Vessel Mr.Zs. Pelikaan, as part of its mid-life upgrade programme. Alewijnse was awarded the contract by Damen Shipyards Den Helder in August last year and commenced work in January. The work is being carried out in Den Helder and at Damen Shiprepair Harlingen.

Zr.Ms. Pelikaan operates exclusively in the Caribbean region where she provides support to maritime security operations and, in times of disaster, humanitarian relief. Alewijnse’s scope of work during the refit project is extensive. The company is responsible for total service provision for the electrical work, covering engineering, supply and installation of equipment, project coordination and commissioning of all on board electrical systems. This includes the installation of new telephone, radar, CCTV and alarm and monitoring systems (AMS). Alewijnse has a keen focus on innovation and is therefore able to provide the vessel with up-to-the-moment, future-ready solutions.

Defence & Security
In addition to the high quality of its equipment and its technical capabilities, Alewijnse is perfectly placed to carry out the work, having undertaken the original electrical installation when the vessel was built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania in 2005. Besides this, the company has successfully undertaken numerous similar contracts for Damen on defence & security-related vessels over the years. Alewijnse’s wealth of experience with naval vessels plays an important role in helping to complete the project on time, enabling the vessel to be back in the Caribbean in time for the Hurricane season.

The project has faced additional challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Alewijnse’s contract manager Perry Eikelenboom explains: “The safety of our personnel and of all those working on location is our top priority during this project. Maintaining safe distances while working and minimising the number of people on location at any one time place pressure on the schedule, but are essential. Thankfully, we enjoy a close cooperation with the yard and, working together and following their robust safety measures, we manage to be both efficient and safe.”

High efficiency
Jan-Dirk Boomsma, project manager at Damen Shipyards Den Helder agreed, saying, “When we were looking for someone to conduct the electrical scope of work on this project Alewijnse was the natural choice. The company has extensive experience with Zr.Ms. Pelikaan in particular and with naval vessels in general. This experience can be clearly seen in the high efficiency of their performance on this project. The co-operation is very good and the teamwork enables us to keep things on track whilst observing the important safety measures we currently have in place.”