en | nl |
Urgent Service
Urgent Service
News

Keel laying ceremony for electric utility vessel province of Groningen

12 June 2018
Keel laying ceremony for electric utility vessel province of Groningen

Today, the keel of the new utility vessel of the province of Groningen was laid. This has officially started the construction. This official act was carried out at the Royal Niestern Sander B.V. by deputy Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk. The new utility vessel is expected to be completed and put into operation in February 2019. The vessel replaces the current ship, which is now 45 years old and was built by the same yard at the time.

Groninger scoop

The new vessel is the first green, fully electrically driven utility vessel in the Netherlands. The installation of a battery pack on an utility ship of such size and power is unique. In addition, the ship will soon have the latest technical developments in the field of sustainability, such as energy saving, use of residual heat, use of sustainable wood and paint types and a silent electric motor. In short, a smart & green ship. The province uses the vessel for supervision and enforcement of shipping and events in Groningen.

Maritime cluster

After a European tender, the contract was awarded in February 2018 to Royal Niestern Sander from Delfzijl. Various Groningen subcontractors and suppliers from the maritime cluster are involved in the project for engineering, supplying steel and taking care of parts of the engine room, navigation equipment and rescue equipment. Both the province of Groningen and the shipyard Royal Niestern Sander B.V. are proud of this innovative and sustainable project.