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Thursday March 14th, the new electric utility vessel for the province of Groningen – the PW 18 – was christened. This official ceremony was carried out at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard by mrs. Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk (deputy province of Groningen). The vessel replaces the current ship, which is now 46 years old and was built by the same shipyard at the time.
This new utility vessel is a Groningen scoop. It is the first green, fully electrically powered utility vessel in the Netherlands. The installation of a battery pack on an utility ship of such a size and capacity is unique. In addition, the ship possesses the latest technical developments in the field of sustainability, such as energy saving, use of residual heat, the use of sustainable wood and paint types and a silent electric motor. In short, Groningen will soon be smart & green.
Various subcontractors and suppliers from the Groningen maritime cluster were involved in the construction, engineering, supply of steel, parts of the engine room, navigation equipment and rescue equipment. Both the province of Groningen and the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard are proud of this innovative and sustainable new building project.
The province of Groningen manages approximately 143 km of waterways. The electric utility vessel is used for monitoring and enforcement, for events and for supervising special transports by water in Groningen and the north of the Netherlands.