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.
PLC overhaul for SY Espiritu del Xarey
May 29th, 2013: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology designs and delivers complete electrical, navigation and alarm systems for new yachts and commercial vessels. The company also provides service and maintenance for electrical installations and offers comprehensive refit solutions, for example when an existing system is due for an update or needs replacing. An example of this is the recent order for the replacement of the monitoring & alarm system onboard the 43-‐metre sailing yacht Espiritu del Xarey based in Newport (USA).
New office Palma de Mallorca
May 13th, 2013: The continuing expansion of its business in the Mediterranean region has led Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology to open a dedicated office on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Based on the island of Urk in the Netherlands, the company has achieved global renown for designing and delivering quality electrical, navigation and alarm systems onboard superyachts and commercial vessels. Recent examples include the high-tech systems installed on the 47-metre motoryacht Lady Dee, the 49-metre motoryacht Nassima and a 46-metre Vicem yacht from the Vulcan Line series.
Piet Brouwer Power Solutions in Africa
April 29th, 2013: In addition to supplying electrotechnical systems for superyachts and commercial vessels, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology also has a Power Solutions department. This focuses on turnkey projects and the provision of global megawatt solutions at locations with little or no electricity. One of its clients is the largest beer brand in the Netherlands, which has breweries in regions such as Africa, Central America and Asia where the local electricity grids can be of poor quality. Facilities in these areas therefore require emergency power back-up and Piet Brouwer Power Solutions offers premium technical solutions.
Electrical systems for four new multipurpose heavy lift vessels
April 4th, 2013: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in the Netherlands has received the order to supply and install the electrical installations on four newly built multipurpose heavy lift vessels. The Groningen yard Shipkits, part of the Centraal Steel group, is building the vessels for the Daniel Hartman shipping company in Urk.
Three Super-Yachts delivered with electrical, navigation, and entertainment systems by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology
March 1st, 2013: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology fitted the entire electrical systems for the super-yachts “Lady Dee” (Acico Yachts), a 47m long motor yacht, the “Nassima” (Acico Yachts), a 49m long motor yacht, and a 46m long motor yacht built by Vicem Yachts in Turkey. The cutting-edge technology installed by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology onboard these yachts included an Active Harmonic Filter (AHF), which delivers a stable onboard power supply that eliminates all harmonic interference and guarantees maximum operational comfort onboard. Another example is the crossover box, which improves the user-friendliness and operational reliability onboard for the engineers. More information can be found on these specific subjects at www.pietbrouwer.nl/news.
Fast Crew Supplier 2610 delivered
November 28th, 2012: On 28 November 2012, the ship was handed over in Den Helder by Damen Shipyards to its Swedish client. The complete electrical system of the ‘Sound Enterprise’ was designed and installed by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. Following the fitting out of the hydrographic survey ship ‘Guardian’ earlier on in the year, this was another order carried out by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology for the offshore market. The company has very efficient operational procedures and an excellent working relationship with the shipyard and other suppliers. Therefore the systems could be installed within a very short period of time and well ahead of schedule at the Damen shipyard in Den Helder.
New client for Marble Automation from Dubai
November 19th, 2012: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology’s subsidiary Marble Automation supplies ship alarm and monitoring systems for sail and motoryachts and commercial vessels. This year, Marble acquired a new client with the Gulf Craft shipyard in Dubai, which is currently installing Marble Automation products onboard its Majesty 135# and Majesty 125# vessels.
Delivery VICEM 46M electrical system
12 november 2012: Vicem Yachts in Turkey is currently putting the final touches to a newly built 46-metre yacht. This vessel is part of the so-called ‘Vulcan Line’ with which the yard hopes to enter the superyacht market. In addition to the 46-metre yacht, Vicem is also building a 35-metre Tri-deck and a 32-metre Raised Pilot House. The yachts were developed with various partners from the superyacht sector, including designer Frank Mulder and interior design studio Art-Line.
Monaco Yacht Show report
November 8th, 2012: We can look back on a successful participation in the Monaco Yacht Show. Our presentation focused on the history, reliability and innovation of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, and the positive vibe of our stand attracted many visitors. In addition, Acico Yachts presented its motoryacht Nassima to the public during the show, for which Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology arranged the complete electrical system onboard.
Quality onboard Guardian and Oceanic
November 3rd, 2012: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in the Netherlands has been delivering premium-quality and exceptionally reliable electrical systems to luxury yachts and commercial vessels since 1961. Its mission to be the ‘world’s best electrical partner’ is very much part of the company’s DNA, dating back to the times when its personnel installed electrical systems onboard fishing trawlers that would take their family and friends out in the roughest seas. This essential requirement for safety and dependability was also the reason why KD workboats and Hartman Shipbuilding opted to install Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology systems onboard their new vessels, Guardian and Oceanic.
Load test for generators offers maximum operational safety onboard Nassima
October 31st, 2012: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in the Netherlands installs electrical systems onboard commercial vessels and superyachts that always include one or more gensets. An example is the recently delivered superyacht Nassima. To ensure optimal operational safety, a load test was carried out after installation.
The 49-metre motoryacht Nassima was built by Acico Yachts, a Dutch yard that has worked with Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology on several projects. Acico Yachts values the high level of reliability of the systems installed by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and the transparency of the company’s working methods. The load test is part of the test protocol that is commonly performed before a yacht is delivered, including onboard Nassima.
Visit us at the Monaco Yacht Show
August 8th, 2012: The Monaco Yacht Show is considered the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, and features some 500 companies from the luxury yacht sector. More than 100 superyachts are moored in Port Hercules. Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek will again be participating at this year’s show in order to meet new and existing clients. Our stand will be part of the Holland Pavilion in Darse Nord and you are welcome to visit us to discuss the latest developments in the field of electrical systems and comfort onboard superyachts.
Keeping it simple on Berzinc
August 1st, 2012: The main switchboardof the 42m motoryacht Berzinc was recently adapted and fitted with a new power management system. The brief was to ‘keep it simple’. As the electric sternthruster had been removed from the yacht, it was possible to considerably simplify the switchboard.
The impressive new Javelin 22.22
July 17th, 2012: Javelin International recently unveiled the Javelin 22.22, a seagoing multifunctional commercial vessel. Built by KD Workboats from Urk (NL), she is specifically designed for crew tendering, hydrographical & seismological research and surveying activities. Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek was responsible for the entire electrical system. We were selected by KD Workboats because of our extensive experience and the proven reliability of our electrical systems in a wide range of commercial vessels and fishing cutters.
Special LED lights in Sarissa’s swimming platform
July 11th, 2012: The stunning 42.6m sailyacht Sarissa launched by Vitters Shipyard in 2011 is the largest carbon fibre sloop built in Holland to date.Sheis equipped with an electrical system from Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek. The owners had specific demands for the swimming platform of their yacht.
Meet the service team
June 7th, 2012: Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is known for the superior quality and reliability of its electrotechnical installations, and our reliable systems operate invisibly and silently in the background. Should there nevertheless be a need for assistance with adaptations or expansions to electrotechnical systems, our service manager Piet Roskam and his team of engineers are at your disposal for a swift and efficient solution.