New order for 110-metre Windfarm Supply Vessel

02 dec 2014

Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has received a new assignment from CIG Shipbuilding (formerly Shipkits) for a new Windfarm Supply Vessel, called WSV 75. The brief specifies a length of 110 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 WSV 75 and supply the diesel-electric propulsion.

WSV 75 is designed for work on wind farms and can accommodate up to 75 people, including crew. Quality engineering of the hull and construction will ensure that the vessel is highly seaworthy, even in rough seas. WSV 75 will have two levels below decks and space above the hatches on the upper deck for containers of 10, 20 or 40 feet. She will feature an Ampelmann bridge to ensure safe transfer to a wind turbine, a 25-tonne offshore crane and a covered workshop.

Van Oord will deploy the ship in the construction of the wind farm Gemini, which is being realised 85 km north of Groningen Province, and should be fully operational in 2017. A total of 150 wind turbines will be placed here, divided into two adjacent parks – hence the name of the park, which means ‘twins’. The wind turbines will each measure 65 metres and reach around 35 metres above the water. Construction of the park will provide employment for 500 people over a period of three years, and subsequently 120 people a year for maintenance.

Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology will take care of the design, engineering and delivery of the complete electrical system, including the diesel electric propulsion. The latter will be designed and delivered in partnership with D&A Electric from Ridderkerk. Piet Brouwer’s panel builders are already busy building the main and distribution panels. Software engineers from Marble Automation, a subsidiary of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, have started programming the comprehensive alarm and control system. The hull will be built in Poland, followed by completion and finishing in Harlingen. The vessel will be operational after the summer of 2015.

The management of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is proud of this major new assignment, which demonstrates the robustness of the market and the company’s sterling reputation. 

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. Moreover, the company ensures that the onboard technology catches the eye primarily by being invisible – the systems are reliable and do their job quietly.