Alewijnse Marine has successfully delivered the complete electrical installation for the new cargo vessel Arklow Venus (YN 728). This is the eighth ship in a series of ten 5,150 DWT traders that Alewijnse has fitted out at Royal Bodewes Shipyard to Bureau Veritas class standards. They are all owned by Arklow Shipping and are being operated and managed by Arklow Shipping Netherlands. The ninth vessel in the series will be completed in April this year and the final vessel (yard number 730) is due for completion by the middle of 2018.
These 87-metre ‘eco-traders’ are being built to a proprietary design by Royal Bodewes. Each is capable of burning both heavy fuel oil and gas oil, the latter being necessary for the North and Baltic Seas emission control areas, and has a top speed of 12 knots. They will sail under the Dutch flag.
Optimising production processes
Alewijnse is providing the complete electrical installation and integration for the Arklow vessel series. “We are supplying and installing almost all the electrical equipment on board, including the switchboards, bow thrusters, shaft generators and bridge consoles”, Alewijnse project manager Bertran Smit explains: “In addition, we are working closely with Bodewes to optimise the production processes for this series."
This is not for the first time that Bodewes has outsourced the complete electrical installation for entire vessels to Alewijnse. Other recent projects done on this basis include the cement carriers Furuvik and Cymbidium, a number of different Bodewes coasters and the NB 803 Coralius; a unique LNG flex tanker that was nominated for the Next Generation Ship Award at Norshipping 2015.
Smit is enthusiastic about the series order for Bodewes and Arklow. "We are proud to have been selected to carry out such a comprehensive and complex project for Bodewes,” he continues. “Our two companies have built a strong relationship over many years and for this extensive project we have again provided a high-quality service with a professional, experienced and dedicated team on site."