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.
WASA Dredging is a major Finnish dredging company known for working with backhoe dredgers (floating excavators) and split barges. The hard soil and many boulders in Scandinavian waters often require that the ground be blown up with explosives, after which backhoe dredgers dig it up and split barges take away the dredged material.
The project has a relatively short lead time, and is expected to finish in early October. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has already started its engineering work. “WASA Dredging already has a job lined up for the two vessels, so the short construction time and our flexibility & methods are critical for this project,” project manager Peter Roskam explains. The complete construction of the two split barges will take place at the Scheepswerf Pattje yard in Waterhuizen near Groningen.