Electrical outfitting for Furuvik and Cymbidium

System integrator Alewijnse Marine is undertaking the complete electrical outfitting of the new cement carriers Furuvik and Cymbidium, ordered by shipping company Eureka Shipping. The contract was awarded to Alewijnse by the Royal Bodewes yard in Hoogezand, the Netherlands.

Cement carriers

The first vessel, 5,700 DWAT cement carrier Furuvik, has recently been successfully delivered and is beginning operations along the Finnish coast. Her sister vessel, 7,700 DWAT cement carrier Cymbidium, is currently in build. When completed in October 2017 she will be deployed in the warmer water of the Mediterranean and North Africa.Advanced cement carriers


Furuvik and Cymbidium are highly advanced, self-discharging cement tankers. All the equipment required for both pneumatic and mechanical unloading is installed on board. This is a capability not usually found on cement carriers of this size, as these are generally converted bulk carriers lacking the facilities needed to discharge themselves.


Furthermore, the vessels have been designed to be exceptionally efficient, by example through the sharp cross bow, the streamlined hull below the waterline and the integrated power on board. The fuel consumption and accompanying emissions are around 20 percent lower than on comparable ships. This helps make the Furuvik and Cymbidium highly competitive in the market.

Scope of works

The contract with Royal Bodewes covers all the onboard electrical systems such as the bow thruster motor, the shaft generator and the main switchboard. It also includes the systems managing the continuous parallel operation and load sharing between the generators. The other switchboards and consoles, plus the monitoring and control system ALMACS, other alarm systems, the communications and hotel systems, and all lighting, are also part of the work.


The electrical works on the sister ships are very similar, however there are some differences. Alewijnse Manager Operations Martin Terpstra explains: "The difference in the e-installation on board Cymbidium is largely due to a different board voltage - 440VAC-60Hz instead of 400VAC-50Hz, which requires the installation of additional lighting transformers, and a larger cement installation.”

Royal Bodewes

Royal Bodewes and Alewijnse have been working together for many years on the construction of Eco-traders and other vessels at the Bodewes yard in Hoogezand. The two companies are currently completing the out-fitting of a series of ten Eco-traders for Arklow Shipping and on NB 803 Coralius, a unique LNG flex tanker. "The Eureka Shipping project proves that the partnership between Alewijnse Marine and Royal Bodewes continues to deliver competitive, highly advanced vessels,” concludes Martin Terpstra.


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