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.

E-installation for four bulk carriers 

Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology was commissioned to deliver the e-installation for four bulk carriers, supplying the complete package from engineering, switchboards, wheelhouse console, axis generators, thrusters, alarm systems and fire detection systems. In addition, the firm will also realise the total installation and commissioning. The Ferus Smit shipyard in Groningen will complete the eco bulk carriers with a length of 149.5 metres and a beam of 19.4 metres in Leer (Germany). The first two of these 16,500 dwt vessels will be delivered in the first half of 2018 with the other two being completed in May and November 2019.

Oyster 118

The second new project involves the delivery of the AC system for the 36-metre Oyster 118 sailyacht. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is responsible for the engineering of the AC main switchboard, including synchronisation and power management, and the construction of the custom built panel for the Oyster 118, the largest sailyacht built by Oyster Yachts from Southampton (UK) to date.

The company was commissioned to perform these tasks as this is the yard’s first yacht to feature 400V generators and a shore convertor.  Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has a wealth of experience in the installation of electrical systems on 100ft+ high-performance yachts, and extensive knowledge of lightweight cabling, DEIF control systems and compressed switchboards with an intelligent and comprehensive power management system for relatively large loads. It is also able to offer the flexibility required during this challenging project, which is expected to be completed in late 2017.

E-installation on two new fishing cutters

Earlier this autumn, Piet Brouwer received the order for the delivery of an e-installation for two new cutters, the UK 150 from Quotter B.V. and the SC 10 from SFB Hecht GmbH, built at Nauta Hull Shipyards in Gdynia, Poland. The construction of the hull of the UK 150 has already begun. The cutters were designed by Ove Kristensen from the Danish company Vestvaerftet, and will have a length of 32 metres and a beam of 8.70 metres. The UK 150 will be twin rigging for approximately six months and fly shooting for the same period, while the SC 10 is mainly intended to be used for twin rig fishing.

Extension of ferry ‘Noord-Nederland’

Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology also signed a contract for the extension of the ferry ‘Noord-Nederland’ from Rederij Doeksen by Damen Shiprepair Harlingen. Noord-Nederland will be cut in two and extended with a complete section of 20 metres, resulting in a total length of 65.60 metres. The ferry will also be equipped with a new propulsion set-up, rudders and an extra bowthruster. Piet Brouwer will disassemble, extend and reconnect the current cables, and supply a new generator unit, frequency converter, cable conduits and fixtures.

Extension of fishing trawler HD 36

Last but not least, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has been commissioned to adapt the electrical system of the fishing trawler HD36 as part of the vessel’s rebuild. A cut has been made into the vessel just forward of the aft bulkhead of the fish hold to prepare for the 2.7-metre extension. The work will include the dismantling and extending of existing electrical components and connecting of new ones. All cables leading from the aft to the forward section of the boat will be pulled back to the forward part of the engine room, where junction boxes will be fitted to link the new cables leading to the foreship. The lighting cables leading from the engine room to the forward mast will be replaced. And new cables will be laid to the forward segment of the engine room for the two radars and the antenna cables in the forward mast. Meanwhile, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology’s subsidiary Marble Automation will deliver a new stainless steel control box with touchscreen for operating the fish processing installation. The work has already started and should be completed at the end of January 2017.