June 14, 2021: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has been commissioned for a fascinating new project by Bijlsma Wartena shipyard. A comprehensive electrical system will be created for Acta Marine’s new flagship, a multi-functional hybrid vessel that has already being dubbed ‘the most sustainable working vessel on the market’.
The new hybrid DP2 vessel is being built by Bijlsma Wartena in Friesland for Acta Marine, a major international player in the maritime support sector. “The 36-metre vessel is a flagship for the client and is already being referred to as ‘the most sustainable working vessel on the market’,” says Martin van Veen, director of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. “We have been asked to provide the complete electrical system, including the main switchboards, 440V, 230V and 24V distribution panels, water-cooled electrical propulsion systems, cabling, installation and start-up. This is the kind of sizeable and challenging project that our team relishes.”
In view of the scope of the project, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has chosen to work together with Gebhard Electro. “Serving as an equal partner, Gebhard is helping provide both the required manpower and additional expertise,” explains Van Veen. “We speak the same language and the collaboration is already proceeding very well.” Aart Versluis, project manager at Gebhard, confirms the strength of the cooperation: “We were pleased to immediately take on this project and clearly divide the tasks. Gebhard began building the drive system and main switchboard, for example, while the Piet Brouwer crew started on the realisation on site and other switchboards.”
The new project is a continuation of the construction and installation of three MPV vessels for Bijlsma Wartena. These – also hybrid – Multi-Purpose Vessels for the Dutch government were provided with complete electrical systems by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in 2019 and 2020. The electrical system for the new hybrid vessel is will involve a considerable amount of work over the coming period. Its delivery is planned for mid-2021, after which it will be used by Acta Marine for projects worldwide.