Alewijnse Marine will install the system that will be collecting, monitoring and displaying sensor data and alarms on board the 17,000-cubic metre trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Nile River. The vessel is part of the fleet of maritime service provider DEME.

The order follows the earlier PLC (programmable logic controller) refit in 2017 and SCADA control system refit in 2018 on board the vessel. The new contract includes the engineering, installation and commissioning of the new alarm monitoring system (AMS) hardware and software. Alewijnse will also be checking and testing all existing sensors and alarms on board.

Johan van Rikxoort, Product Manager Dredging & Offshore at Alewijnse, commented: ‘The current Ricom 3000 system dates back to when the Nile River was built in 1999. The new system will be much more user-friendly and efficient to operate and enables more graphical options for the display and diagnostic functions.’

Project Timetable

Alewijnse will deliver a pre-configured and tested system and the installation team on-site will also replace the old input/output boards and workstations, together with the local operator panels located throughout the vessel. The system will be operational before the end of the year after which the Nile River will be fully optimised to carry out its dredging tasks.