Hybrid system completed for SY Ribelle
july 13th 2017: The design and construction of the electrotechnical system for the 33-metre SY Ribelle saw many challenges. The briefing for the sailing yacht was to be competitive in international superyacht regattas while also providing her owner with optimal comfort. This in turn required a reliable, intelligent and professionally installed system. With extensive experience in such challenging projects, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology applied its many years of expertise in the field of electrotechnology on sail yachts to this project.
All systems go on MS Baltic
july 7th 2017: MS Baltic is the ninth vessel built by Hartman Shipbuilding, and the first of a new series which includes a number of major changes compared to the previous one. Highlights include the bridge accommodation being moved forward to enable a Ro/Ro (roll-on/roll-off) door aft – this means cargo can be driven on board without the need to use an extra crane.
In the picture: lead engineer Kees Visser
june 19th 2017: Kees Visser applied to join Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in 2000, right after completing his education in electrical engineering. “One shot, one goal – I was accepted straight away!” he recalls. Kees wanted to keep his skills honed even after getting a job, however, and he spent two years attending an apprenticeship for first engineer, which involved going to school one day per week and spending the remaining four days at Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. He also attended several courses internally so as to stay up to date in a variety of disciplines.
Power Solutions: major follow-up order for Panama brewery
Electrical distribution for Refresco
june 8th 2017: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology recently provided the entire electrical distribution for a new Aseptic PET bottling line for Refresco, Europe's largest producer of soft drinks and juices.
New contract for electrical system on Gotham Project superyacht
june 6 2017: We are delighted to announce that the leading Dutch yard Icon Yachts has selected Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology as partner for the entire electrical system on board the Gotham Project, including design, system integration, supply and installation.
New electrical system for shrimp trawler ZK-5
1 may 2017: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was recently contracted by SRF Shipyard in Harlingen (NL) to carry out the engineering, procurement and installation for the electrical system on board the newly commissioned 20-metre Dutch shrimp trawler ZK-5.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology at Maritime Industry show
25 april 2017: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will attend the leading Maritime Industry, tradeshow on 9, 10 and 11 May. Held in Evenementenhal Gorinchem and hosting over 500 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors, Maritime Industry is a comprehensive platform for maritime & inland shipping and fishing.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology as your service partner
03 april 2017: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has an excellent reputation when it comes to service. A dedicated team ensures that our flexible mindset, fast service and industry-leading quality are valued around the world. It is an approach that makes Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology your ideal service partner.
Wide range of fishing vessel projects
30 march 2017: Piet Brouwer recently delivered various successful fishery projects, including the extension of the UK-151 Stellar. The vessel was extended by four metres and provided with a new Flyshoot system. The latter was developed by our subsidiary Marble Automation together with Osey/VCU TCD Urk and has now been installed.
New power plant completed for brewery in Ivory Coast
27 march 2017: To tap into the upcoming market in Ivory Coast, one of the world’s largest beer brewers built a brand-new brewery with a capacity of 1.6 million hectolitres. Having successfully partnered with the brewery on various other projects, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was asked to participate.
Electrical system for new Suplacon Emmeloord facilities
22 march 2017: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has been the regular installer for sheet-metal company Suplacon Plaatbewerking from Emmeloord for over 30 years. Over the past three decades, the two companies have become leading players in their respective branches.
Superyacht refit projects in Mallorca
20 march 2017: Over the past winter Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology worked on three major refit projects on Mallorca, successfully completing the refit of SY Ghost and performing work on SY Saudade and SY Red Dragon.
Joining the Netherlands Maritime Technology association
16 march 2017: On 1 March 2017 Piet Brouwer became a member of the Netherlands Maritime Technology trade association. NMT is the portal to and advocate for the Dutch maritime technological sector in the Netherlands and abroad. Its successful corporate network has over 400 members, including shipyards, maritime suppliers and service providers.
In the picture: Albert-Jan de Vries, Planner & Service Manager
08 march 2017: This year Albert-Jan de Vries is celebrating 15 years at Piet Brouwer. His career began with an internship for his electrotechnology studies, and he continued in the company as an electrician after graduating. Later Albert-Jan became first and then lead engineer before taking on the position of Planner & Service Manager.
Busy times for Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology
19 december 2016: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is on a roll with five major new projects showcasing the wide range of maritime markets served by the Dutch company. It will deliver wide-ranging e-installations on board four bulk carriers for Ferus Smit, supply an AC system to an Oyster 118 superyacht, deliver an e-installation on two fishing vessels for Quotter and SFB Hecht GmbH, be involved in the extension of a ferry from Rederij Doeksen at Damen Shiprepair Harlingen, and adapt the electrical system for the extension of the fishing trawler HD36.
Meet us at the METSTRADE Show 2016
31 october 2016: From 15 to 17 November, over 22,000 professionals from the international marine equipment industry and almost 1400 exhibitors from 50 countries will visit RAI Amsterdam for the METSTRADE Show.
Two new orders for Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology
Work completed on Vitters superyacht Missy
26 october 2016: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology recently successfully completed work on the 33-metre sailing yacht Missy by Vitters Shipyard. The company took care of the entire electrical system, which was designed and built in close consultation with the project team at Vitters Shipyard. Piet Brouwer subsidiary Marble Automation fitted the alarm and monitoring system, which was programmed in-house.
New contract for brewery in Mexico
Refit of GRE 33 fishing boat
17 october 2016: The GRE 33 fishing trawler Vertrouwen has spent seven weeks in the port of Urk undergoing a major refit, in which Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has been closely involved. This included the replacement of a winch, for which the winchroom and part of the bridge had to be removed.
Lessons for UPS from Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology
14 october 2016: Continuity is an important topic for Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology’s worldwide clientele. The accelerating growth of the global population is bringing new challenges to the issue of energy supply. This is why emergency power systems are increasingly likely to use so-called UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems, which ensure continuous and clean power. UPS systems come in all shapes and sizes, with the most suitable type depending on the relevant application. This article examines which applications are most common in practice and the difference between dynamic and static UPS systems.
In the picture: Mark Heldoorn, Harlingen branch manager
10 october 2016: Following the acquisition of fellow installation company Elektrotechniek Harlingen by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology on 1 January of this year, Mark Heldoorn became branch manager of this latest Piet Brouwer location. Together with a colleague, he supervises the electricians in Harlingen and makes sure that everything runs smoothly there.
Greetings from Monaco
29 September 2016: Greetings from the south of France, where the team of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is currently at the Monaco Yacht Show. We have deliberately chosen to have no fixed stand at this year’s event in order that we can get out and about to meet as many people as possible!
In the spotlight: purchaser & warehouse manager Lubbert Kramer
June 20th 2016: Lubbert Kramer first came into contact with Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology almost twenty years ago. At the time he was employed in the fishing industry, which was in decline. Lubbert was invited to become Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology’s stock manager, something he continues to do with great pleasure to this very day. He worked in the old harbour building until Piet Brouwer Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology moved to a bigger location in an industrial estate on the Marsdiep in 2001. The inventory grew in order to continue offering flexibility and quick delivery times.
Turnkey power plant for brewery in Cambodia
June 15th 2016: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology developed and delivered a fully automated 6MVA power plant to a production facility of the largest Dutch beer brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project, which involved six Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology employees over a period of 18 months, was successfully completed in late May.
Launch of Hartman Classic Livingstone
June 9th 2016: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology successfully completed its activities on the 24-metre long, 6.7 metre wide Hartman motoryacht Livingstone. The Hartman Classic was recently launched and in now on her sea trials. The yacht features the latest technologies and will mainly be sailing the Dutch coastal waters and Norwegian fjords.
Adaptation of electrical system of Talma Haven health care centre completed
June 6th 2016: In mid-June Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology successfully completed the adaptation of the electrical system at the Talma Haven health care centre in Urk. Over the coming years the centre will be transformed from a care home to a residential facility for people with severe care needs.
Review Maritime Industry & Upcoming Shows
June 1st 2016: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology had a very productive time at Maritime Industry, the leading exhibition for inland shipping, sea shipping and the fishing industry. Over 500 exhibitors and more than 15,000 visitors came to the Evenementenhal in Gorinchem (NL) for three days of business from 24 to 26 May.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology receives order for two split barges
May 20th 2016: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has received a new order from WASA Dredging in Finland for the design, construction and installation of the whole electrical system on board two new split barges. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will also supply the alarm system, fire detection and steering consoles for the 65-metre vessels.
Visit Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology at Maritime Industry
From 24 -26 May, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will be present at Maritime Industry, the leading maritime exhibition in Gorinchem, The Netherlands. With over 500 exhibitors and over 15,000 visitors, Maritime Industry is the most complete platform for inland shipping and fishing. Discover innovations in sustainability, shipbuilding, repair / maintenance and training. Share your knowledge and stay informed on developments in the sector. Obviously Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will not be missing at this event. We're happy to welcome you at our stand 336.
New product line for Marble Automation: fire alarm systems
Marble Automation, a subsidiary of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, has launched a new line of its own fire alarm systems. The product line comes with the finest quality and service one would expect of fire alarm systems, from the design, engineering and drawings to final delivery and connection with the Marble AMCS System.
In the spotlight: Jan Korf, calculator/sales engineer
As a little boy, Jan Korf wanted more than anything to go to fishing school. His father advised him to attend a vocational secondary school and learn to be an electrician instead. But Jan could not get fishing out of his head, and even tried it for a period of two months. One day the fishing boat had to return to the port due to strong winds, and Jan was so terribly seasick that an uncle asked Piet Brouwer senior to take him home to Urk, saying he was not cut out to be a fisherman. As they drove home, Peter told Jan to come to the shop the next day to see if onshore work suited him better.
Electrical system on DEY24 nears completion
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was commissioned in 2014 to design and build a comprehensive electrical installation and various alarm systems for the 24-metre Drettmann Explorer Yacht. The finishing touches are currently being added to the system, which was executed in the highest Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology quality to match the calibre of this lovely luxury yacht.
Refit S.Y. Windrose of Amsterdam
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology started work on a refit of the 2002 sailing yacht Windrose of Amsterdam earlier this year. The yacht is located in Porto Adriano on Mallorca and the refit will be carried out by the local branch of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in Palma.
True or false? Service manager Piet Roskam talks LEDs
LED lighting is ‘in’ and the technology is an ever-present in all departments of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. From yachts to kotters, from luxury housing to fish processing plants, LEDs are being used in abundance. At the same time, there are lots of questions and tall tales about LEDs, and everyone seems to have – often contradictory – ideas about what to do and what to avoid.
Wind farm support vessel Acta Orion successfully completed
The wind farm support vessel Acta Orion was successfully delivered by CIG Shipbuilding to Acta Marine, a subsidiary of the dredging company Van Oord. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology realised the design, engineering, supply and construction of the complete electrical system on this 108-metre vessel, including the diesel-electric propulsion. The latter was designed and delivered in cooperation with Piet Brouwer’s partner D&A electric from Ridderkerk. And the software engineers from subsidiary company Marble Automation supplied and programmed Acta Orion’s alarm system.
Good business at Europort & METSTRADE
The Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology exhibition team recently attended two major trade exhibitions: Europort in Ahoy Rotterdam (3-6 November) and the METSTRADE show in RAI Amsterdam (17-19 November). Both events were very well-attended, and each had its own particular atmosphere and visitor group.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology takes over Elektrotechniek Harlingen
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in the Netherlands has taken over its fellow electrical engineering company Elektrotechniek Harlingen effective 1 January 2016. Based in Urk, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has long been one of the leading Dutch companies in the field of electrical systems for the fishing industry, seagoing vessels and superyachts, as well as in the worldwide delivery and installation of emergency power solutions for industry.
Commission to develop fly shoot and twin rig winch control
Marble Automation, a subsidiary of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, has been commissioned by VCU/TCD to develop a control system for a winch that is suitable for the fly shoot and twin rig fishing methods. The control system deploys hardware that has been in use by Marble for many years and which has proven its reliability in many projects.
In the spotlight: Jonathan Mars, project manager
Jonathan Mars’ career at Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology began in 2013 with an internship during his applied university studies in electrical engineering. After graduating, Jonathan was hired as project engineer within the Power Solutions department. From 1 January 2016, he will become the project manager responsible for project-related as well as financial and technical aspects of Power Solutions projects. He will keep in touch with customers while ensuring that the components of the relevant system match each other in terms of technology.
In addition, he will be responsible for all power calculations necessary to determine the dimensions of the high-voltage components required within the system.
Meet us at the METSTRADE show
From 17 to 19 November, over 21,000 professionals from the international marine equipment industry will visit RAI Amsterdam for the METSTRADE show. A record number of exhibitors are expected and Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and subsidiary Marble Automation will be present in the SuperYacht Pavilion at stand number 09.512. You are more than welcome to stop by! Our engineers will be available to answer any of your questions and share the latest news on our activities. Register here for your METS ticket. We look forward to seeing you there!
Ahoy there Europort
The 37th edition of Europort will take place from 3 to 6 November in the global port city of Rotterdam. This exhibition is largely focused on innovative technology and complex shipbuilding, including offshore, dredging, construction, naval, inland and fishing vessels as well as superyachts. With nearly 30,000 visitors from 84 countries, and over 1100 exhibitors from 40 countries, Europort is one of the world’s leading maritime meeting points. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and subsidiary Marble Automation will also be exhibiting at Europort 2015 in Ahoy Rotterdam. You can find us in Hall 2, stand number 2406, and we look forward to catching up! Register for your visit to Europort 2015 here. We hope to see you in Rotterdam!
The very real refit of the superyacht Ghost
In early October, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was asked to perform an upgrade of the sailyacht Ghost. This 122-foot superyacht was launched by Vitters Shipyard in 2005, and at the time was the largest all-carbon luxury yacht built by the yard. Ghost is a high performance yacht, very fast on the regatta circuit while also offering superyacht levels of comfort.
Transformer thinking on fishing company expansion
In late 2014 the Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology engineers were asked to help with the expansion of the internationally operating fish processing company Van der Lee Seafish in Urk (NL). As all the available electrical capacity was already in use, the expansion required a technical upgrade. In addition, because the location of the planned expansion still contained the existing transformer station, this had to be moved. Project manager Gerrit Barends suggested realising a new transformer station within the technical area, in proximity to the heaviest loads. Van der Lee accepted the proposal, and the new transformer station with an energy-efficient and low maintenance transformer has now been supplied and installed.
Cheers! Electrical power & distribution for brewery
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was commissioned to supply and install the electrical power & distribution for a new beer brewery near Abidjan in Ivory Coast for Holland’s largest beer brewing company. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will supply a 4 MW power plant and a high-voltage distribution network for 15 kV, providing the brewery with the required continuous electrical capacity during the brewing process by means of two 2 MW generator sets.
In the spotlight: service manager Piet Roskam
As service manager Piet Roskam is responsible for the ‘sailing element’ of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. This means he is in charge of providing service for the onboard installations after electrical systems have been delivered. The sailing element includes new-build projects as well as refit and service jobs or the fixing of fire or water damage.
In the spotlight: Jan Hoekstra - Location manager Den Helder
Jan Hoekstra started working for Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology 35 years ago after graduating from Junior Technical School (LTS). As a 16-year old boy, he helped fishermen who came to pick up equipment for their vessels. In addition, he carried on attending school one day a week to obtain his electrician’s diploma.
Follow-up order after successful brewery project in Ethopia
The Power Solutions division of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was commissioned in mid-2013 to realise a complete turnkey installation of a power plant and the primary distribution for a new beer brewery near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The brewery was fully operational by the end of 2014.
Delivery M.S. Northern Rock
After some very successful sea trials, Hartman Marine Shipbuilding from Urk delivered the multi-purpose coaster “Northern Rock” to its proud new owner, Hartman Seatrade, in early September. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was responsible for the design, engineering and installation of the complete electrical system. Northern Rock is the eighth vessel from Hartman Marine Shipbuilding to be fitted with an electrical system by Piet Brouwer.
Delivery of MS Abis Esbjerg
MS Abis Esbjerg was completed and handed over to her owner, shipping company Abis Shipping from Harlingen, on 19 June 2015. The ship was built and finished entirely in Szczecin in Poland by the Polish subsidiary of the CIG Shipbuilding yard in Groningen (NL). Abis Esbjerg is the fourth in a series of six vessels for which Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has delivered the electrical system.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology starts work on wind farm support vessel Acta Orion
The hull of the wind farm support vessel Acta Orion arrived in the Dutch port of Harlingen in early June, since when the engineers from Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology have been installing the electrical systems. The 108-metre ship is being built by CIG on behalf of Acta Marine, a subsidiary of the dredging company Van Oord.
Visit Piet Brouwer at Maritime Industry 2015 in Gorinchem
From Tuesday 2 until Thursday 4 June 2015, the charming riverside town of Gorinchem near Rotterdam will welcome the 11th Maritime Industry trade exhibition.
This annual rendezvous has become a major event for more than 500 manufacturers, importers, builders, wholesalers and suppliers, who come to present their solutions to some 16,000 visitors from the inland shipping, maritime sailing and fishing industries.
Piet Brouwer electrotechnology will be present on the ground floor at stand number 446. We look forward to seeing you at Maritime Industry 2015!
Hull of MS Northern Rock arrives in port of Urk
The hull of MS Northern Rock arrived in the port of Urk on 13 May 2015. The fourth vessel in the M2 runner series by Hartman Marine Shipbuilding from Urk, this will be an all-purpose cargo/heavy freight ship with an open top notation. She is preceded by MS Oceanic, MS Nordic and MS Arctic Rock, which have been operational and highly successful for some time. The major new element onboard Northern Rock is that she will be fitted with a dynamic positioning system and has therefore been dubbed an M2.1 offshore runner.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology joins new Urk Maritime Cluster
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology joined the new business cluster Urk Maritime in February of this year. The cluster was formed by various ambitious Urk companies active in the Dutch and international maritime sectors. This partnership is conceived as a way for the members to put Urk firmly on the map as a major centre for the nautical industry in the Netherlands, both in the construction and conversion of vessels and offshore and maritime services. Urk Maritime will make its public début as an organisation at the trade exhibition Maritime Industry Gorinchem in early June 2015.
Coldstore phase VI in Urk
In early January 2015, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was commissioned by Coldstore Netherlands BV (a subsidiary of the AGRO Merchants Group) to provide the electrical system for its phase VI extension. Piet Brouwer has already provided the systems for the previous phases in 2001, 2004 and 2008.
Piet Brouwer installs camera control systems on fishing vessels
Commissioned by the Dutch Fishermen's Federation and IMARES, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has installed scores of camera systems on selected vessels over the past two years, which are now being used to monitor catches.
Piet Brouwer electrotechnology delivers systems for new Visscher Seafood facility
The first stone of the new building for fish processing plant Visscher Seafood Urk was laid on 13 January 2014. From the outset, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology planned how to create the best and most complete, well-functioning and practical solution possible for the entire site. The system was delivered February 2015.
A robust answer to the maritime challenge
This year a modular multipurpose sea going platform Eko-vation will be launched. Eko-vation can quickly transform into a variety of functionalities at sea. Piet Brouwer electrotechnology is partner in this project.
New order for 108-metre Windfarm Support Vessel
Piet Brouwer electrotechnology has received a new assignment from CIG Shipbuilding (formerly Shipkits) for a new Windfarm Support Vessel, called Orion. The brief specifies a length of 108 metres, and the project is to be built by CIG on behalf of Acta Marine, a subsidiary of dredging company Van Oord. Piet Brouwer electrotechnology will fit the electrical system onboard Orion and supply the diesel-electric propulsion.
Orion is designed for work on wind farms and offers comfortable accommodation and workspace for 75 persons onboard. Quality engineering of the hull and construction will ensure that the vessel is highly seaworthy, even in rough seas. Orion will have two levels below decks and space above the hatches on the upper deck for containers of 10, 20 or 40 feet. The vessel will be equipped with two dedicated boat landings for Crew Transfer Vessels as well as a motion-compensated gangway, which allows a safe and efficient transfer of technicians and equipment between the vessel and wind turbines.
New beer brewery in Ethiopia
In mid-2013, our Power Solutions department was awarded a highly valued commission for the complete turnkey installation of a power plant and primary distribution network in a new beer brewery near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. As time was of the essence fast quick action was required to ensure that everything needed was on a vessel to Djibouti within a couple of months.
Piet Brouwer @ Mallorca
Piet Brouwer electrotechnology has concluded its busy autumn season on the island of Mallorca. The period between the summer and a possible crossing to the Caribbean is actively used to deal with various repairs and other odd jobs.
Renovations on TSHD Seine
The trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Seine is over 30 years old so failures can inevitably occur or components may exceed their ‘mechanical lifespan’. This includes relays which have been switched on and off so often that they cease to function. Not only does this result in lots of extra work onboard for the engineers, it may also affect the dredging process.
Possibilities in power management on board
What are the gensets doing right now? This is one of the most common questions in the world of modern yachting due to the rise of onboard automation systems. Engineers spend untold hours scratching their heads to find out whether a device is functioning normally or not.
Due to more stringent emission rules, higher energy demands and the improved possibilities for automation, generators and their switchboards are becoming smaller, more sensitive and increasingly complex. The philosophy of keeping things simple is not always kept in mind when setting up power management systems. Sometimes it even looks like systems are becoming more complex instead.
METS invitation: win a car!
From 18 to 20 November 2014, some 20,500 professionals from the international marine industry will come together in Amsterdam RAI for the Marine Equipment Trade Show. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will be present in the SuperYacht Pavilion, together with Marble Automation.
You are kindly invited to visit our stand – number 09.705 – where our METS team will be happy to receive you. As an added bonus, leave your business card with us during the show and you could win an electrically controlled car. The winners will be announced after the end of METS.
MY Grace says thanks
Henk Koster, designer and owner of the motoryacht Grace, thanked the Piet Brouwer team for its work onboard his vessel by sending the following message: “We sail Grace in northern waters, mostly along the Arctic coast of Norway. She was completed in 2004, and in May this year we were up for a major Class Renewal inspection by Bureau Veritas. Such inspections are truly wide-ranging.
Piet Brouwer involved in Acico/Drettmann project
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology recently started work in earnest on designing and installing a system for a 24-metre Drettmann motoryacht. After years of building in Taiwan, Drettmann Yachts has chosen Europe for the first time for the construction of this yacht. The company started by entering a cooperation with Acico Yachts in Enkhuizen in the Netherlands.
Electrical installation for Contest 72
Piet Brouwer has started work on a new sailing yacht, the Contest 72. The project was commissioned by Contest Yachts, a renowned Dutch yard which delivers a variety of yachts every year. Size has been increasingly in demand in recent years, and it had become complex for the yard to take care of steering and installation on the larger yachts by itself. Contest Yachts went looking for a reliable partner and – thanks to our good reputation and long experience in yachts – chose Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and Marble Automation.
Service on the TSHD Seine
Following previous successful overhauls and switchboard refits on Seine, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has again been commissioned to service this trailing suction hopper dredger. Our activities will include upgrading and maintenance of the engine room in the forward section of the ship.
Meet Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology at METS
From 18 - 20 November 2014 some 20,500 international marine industry professionals will convene in Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands. During 3 days filled with inspiration and innovation, METS provides a perfect platform to network, exchange ideas and do business.
You will find everything from propulsion, navigation, fittings, communications and safety equipment to furniture, construction materials, electrical installations, clothing and marine paints and coatings.
Atmosphere in Monaco was electric
This year there was something very satisfying for the world’s leading marine equipment suppliers exhibiting at the Monaco Yacht Show: the event had lots of finished examples of their work right on their doorstep! There were a number of superyachts on display in Monaco that have benefitted from having their electrical systems fitted by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. They made for a great reference point for the many yards, owners, captains and other industry professionals who were visiting our stand.
Peter Baarssen talks about inrush current
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, is a global specialist in turnkey electrical engineering for marine installations on both commercial vessels and yachts. When building, refitting or retrofitting any type of vessel, it is ideal to have a single experienced partner for the entire electrical system. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is a true one-stop shop, and provides a comprehensive package that consists of the design and installation of the electrical system, as well as of the monitoring, control and navigation & communication equipment.
VISIT US IN MONACO
Henk Brouwer, Piet Roskam and Stefan Meun-Visser (Marble Automation) will be present to welcome you at the stand and answer your questions or provide information on the latest developments in the field of electrotechnology.
We hope to see you in Monaco!
Two Fast Crew Supplier 2008s under construction
Last year, Damen Shipyards in Den Helder (NL) delivered two Fast Crew suppliers of the Twin Axe 2008 model. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was responsible for the complete electrical installation in both of these vessels. Another two new Twin Axe 2008 vessels under currently construction for which Piet Brouwer is also developing the electrical installations.
Hiswa Holland Yachting Press Tour 2014 on Urk
The Hiswa Holland Yachting Group regularly organizes incoming missions from abroad to promote the products and/or services of its members and stimulate trade with other countries. Within this framework it hosted the Holland Yachting Group Press Tour this week.
Successful participation Maritime Industry exhibition
The event hall in Gorinchem hosted the Maritime Industry exhibition from 13 to 15 May. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was present along with its subsidiary Marble Automation. The trade show, which was organized for the tenth time this year, was a three-day meeting point for businesses and partners from the maritime industry.
Learn more about electrical engineering issues in our news archive.
Over the past year we have dealt with many topics related to electrical engineering in our newsletters . As we feel that these items may be interesting for you to read, we’ve lined up the subjects for you here:
- Can bus and conventional systems combined onboard two No Limit 1640 Pro ships
- Load test for generators offers maximum operating safety onboard Nassima
- The added value of crossover boxes onboard yachts
- Enhancing the quality of power onboard yachts
We are also currently preparing a new article about transformers, various types of which are installed as part of onboard electrical systems. Pieter Baarssen, Project Manager at Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, will tell you more in this article. If you are interested, please sign up here for our newsletter and we’ll keep you informed about this topic.
Join us at the Maritime industry exhibition (Gorichem, NL)
Same as last year, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and its subsidiary Marble Automation will take part in the Maritime Industry trade exhibition, which will be held from 13 to 15 May in the events hall in Gorinchem. This three-day event brings together entrepreneurs and partners from the maritime industry.
Video onboard the M2 Runner series
Last year “MS Nordic” was launched as the second new build in the Hartman M2 Runner series, which consists of general/heavy cargo vessels with an open top notation. Oceanic (92.9 x 15, 2978 gt, 3500dwt) can transport twice the amount of wind turbine parts for the same costs as other 3000-ton vessels.
MS Arctic Rock leaves the port of Urk
16 April 2014: This week MS Arctic Rock has left the port of Urk harbour, the third new build in the Hartman M2 Runner series of open top general cargo/heavy lift vessels. The two previous vessels - MS Oceanic and MS Nordic - were taken into service some time ago, and have already proved their mettle. You can read more about Arctic rock at our references page.
Completion of MS Atlantic Dawn and MS Arctic Dawn
Februari 28th, 2014: Successful sea trials were recently carried out for MS Atlantic Dawn and MS Arctic Dawn. These are the first two in a series of four new multipurpose heavy lift vessels commissioned by the Urk shipowner Daniel Hartman and constructed by the Shipkits BV yard. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is responsible for the electrical systems onboard these vessels. The systems were extensively and successfully tested in heavy weather conditions, after which construction of the vessels was completed to the satisfaction of the owner.
MS Arctic Rock in the port of Urk
Februari 27th, 2014: MS Arctic Rock arrived in Urk harbour a few weeks ago, the third new build in the Hartman M2 Runner series of open top general cargo/heavy lift vessels. The two previous vessels - MS Oceanic and MS Nordic - were taken into service some time ago, and have already proved their mettle.
Delivery of Damen FCS2008
February 19th, 2014: The Fast Crew Supplier FCS2008 was delivered by Damen Shipyards in Den Helder a few weeks ago. This 20-metre model with an 8-metre beam was designed as a successor to the highly successful, slightly larger FCS2610. This is the first in a new series, of which four have been commissioned so far. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is responsible for the design and installation of the electrical system onboard each of them. The vessels are a unique addition to Damen Shipyards’ product range, and the yard is hoping to tap new markets with them.
Electrical system on 24M Drettmann
February 18th 2014: Drettmann Yachts from Germany has ordered the construction of a 24-metre explorer motoryacht from Acico Yachts in the Netherlands. This is the first time Drettmann Yachts has commissioned a project in the Netherlands. The yacht is being built for a German owner who will be closely involved in the entire construction.
Upgrade of the main electrical distribution system onboard SY Mystere
January 17th 2013: Piet Brouwer electrotechnology has recently finished the upgrade of the main electrical distribution system onboard the 38.5-metre sailing yacht Mystère. Mystère is currently berthed in Palma de Mallorca and the upgrade has been managed by our Palma de Mallorca office.
Built by Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands, Mystère was launched in 2006. The refit has seen her shore converter replaced entirely with a 100 kVA hybrid-cooled Marpower unit. As the old system was air-cooled, this entails a reduction in weight, space, heat and noise, as well as an upgrade in power and capacity.
SUCCESSFUL SEA TRIALS AND DELIVERY OF MS ATLANTIC DAWN
December 9th 2013: This week saw Atlantic Dawn successfully complete her sea trials. She is the first of four multi-purpose heavy lift vessels commissioned from the yard Shipkits by Urk shipowner Daniel Hartman. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was responsible for the installation of the electrical systems onboard Atlantic Dawn. These systems recently underwent extensive testing in heavy weather conditions.
MS Atlantic Dawn has a deadweight of 4,200 tons and is equipped with two 150-ton cranes. The vessel is 111.60 metres long, has a beam of 16.80 metres, and can reach a top speed of around 17 knots – exceptionally fast for this type of ship. The finishing touches are currently being made to the next two sister vessels in Urk harbour, while the hull of the fourth will arrive soon.
MS Atlantic Dawn was completed to the client’s satisfaction. Work is currently ongoing on three other similar ships. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has been commissioned to deliver the electrical system onboard all four.
Port of Urk nearly full - video
After the MS Atlantic Dawn was welcomed to the Urk port in June this year, the MS Arctic Dawn and MS Indian Dawn also recently arrived. These vessels are three out of a series of four newly built multi-purpose heavy lift vessels. The final vessel, the MS Southern Dawn, will be completed in the Urk port next year. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is responsible for the electrical systems on all four vessels. The Groningen yard Shipkits, part of the Central Steel Group, is building the vessels for shipowner Daniel Hartman from Urk.
CAN bus and conventional systems combined onboard two new No Limit 1640 pro ships
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was brought in by No Limit Ships to provide the complete electrical installations onboard two new No Limit 1640 Pro ships. These special vessels were built by No Limit Ships Shipyards, based in Groningen. The first No Limit ship (build number 27) was built as a crew tender for Jan de Nul Dredging. The vessel will spend its first few years as a crew tender but, with a few small adjustments, it can later be converted into a survey vessel. The second No Limit ship (build number 28) was intended as a survey vessel from the outset and commissioned by Fachstelle Maschinenwesen Nord from Germany.
The electrical installations on board the NL27 and NL28 are noticeably different. The NL27 has a conventional installation, which includes the use of circuit breakers. A so-called ETA system has been installed on the NL28. This is a CAN bus system with various modules, each of which has its own inputs and outputs. The inputs can be used to connect a switch, for example, while the outputs can be used for lighting. The system can be set up internally to turn on the lights whenever the switch button is pressed.
Visit us during Europort in Rotterdam
October 28, 2013: From 5 to 8 November, the global port city of Rotterdam will host Europort 2013, one of the leading international maritime exhibitions. Over thirty thousand maritime industry professionals from ninety-plus countries will come together to share knowledge about innovative technologies and smart solutions for building the most advanced vessels.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will again be in attendance at Europort together with its subsidiary Marble Automation. You will find us in Hall 2 at stand number 2406. During the show our engineers will be on hand to provide information about all our activities. And we are also happy to provide answers to specific questions. Our extensive experience in commercial shipbuilding, offshore and yachtbuilding means that Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology engineers can often give suitable advice very quickly.
SY Ghost gets new electrical system after lightning strike
September 16th 2013: A few weeks ago, Piet Brouwer’s engineers were brought in for the repair of the electrical system onboard the Vitters-‐built 37.2-‐metre yacht Ghost, which had been hit by a lightning strike. Piet Brouwer had been responsible for the fitting of the full electrical installation during the construction of the yacht.
A powerful lightning strike hit the standing rigging of sailing yacht Ghost, causing severe damage to different parts of the electrical system. Although the damage was considerable, fortunately no one got hurt, and, by acting quickly, the crew was able to prevent further consequences for the yacht. At the time of the incident, Ghost was on her way to the Caribbean. The yard in West Palm Beach (Florida) was the nearest reputable shipyard and the crew of Ghost decided to have the haul-‐out and repair operations carried out there.
Meet Piet Brouwer electrotechnology in Monaco
September 4th 2013: The 23rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show is on the horizon, running from 25 to 28 September in Port Hercules. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will be exhibiting in the Holland Pavilion (stand number QD61). This year’s Holland Pavilion is based on a completely new stand concept with a fresh and modern look.
We invite you to visit our stand so we can share the latest news on our activities and services. You’ll also be able to see which superyachts we have recently delivered electrotechnical systems to and which projects we are currently working on.
MS Arctic Dawn in the port of Urk
August 28th, 2013: After the vessel Atlantic Dawn arrived in the Urk in June this year, the port recently welcomed the arrival of Arctic Dawn. Artic Dawn is the second of four new multi-purpose heavy lift vessels which are being built by the Shipkits yard from Groningen (NL) on behalf of ship owner Daniel Hartman from Urk. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is responsible for the electrical systems on all four vessels.
Opening of the Yacht Valley Press Tour
July 19th 2013: Claasen Shipyards and Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology organised the opening of this year's Yacht Valley Press Tour. This annual event brings together journalists from around the world, who are invited by the Holland Yachting Group to look around the top yards and suppliers in the Netherlands. During their visits the journalists are given the latest news by the companies participating in the tour.
Complex project in Egypt finished in only 38 days
July 1st, 2013: It was in late November last year that dredging company De Boer started having serious engine problems with its Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD), the Seine. The firm from the Dutch town of Sliedrecht decided to replace the engines. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and its subsidiary Marble Automation was asked to renew the complete alarm system and integrate the new main engines into the existing electric control system. A unique aspect of the task was that it had to be completed in only 38 days.
The work was highly complex as it required gaining insight into the existing alarm system, which had been in operation for thirty years. This then had to be redesigned, built and installed in accordance with the latest requirements in the field of safety and operational security. Of the new engines, only the brand and colour were known. The location in Alexandria, Egypt, and the high temperatures made the work even more challenging.
MS Atlantic Dawn arrived in the harbor of Urk
June 28th, 2013: MS Atlantic Dawn is the first of four newly built multipurpose heavy lift vessels. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in the Netherlands has received the order to supply and install the electrical installations on board of these four vessels. The Groningen yard Shipkits, part of the Centraal Steel group, is building the vessels for the Daniel Hartman shipping company in Urk.
The four vessels will have a deadweight of 4,200 tons and each be equipped with two 150-ton cranes. The vessels have a length of 111.60 metres and a beam of 16.8 metres, combined with a top speed of approximately 17 knots, which is relatively fast for this category. The hulls are currently under construction at Shipkits’s Polish yard, with the first due to arrive in the port of Urk in the middle of April for outfitting.