Shipyard De Hoop, based in the Netherlands, is building a new event ship, MS RheinGalaxie, for German shipowner Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt GmbH (KD). Alewijnse Marine and Droste Elektro have joined forces in outfitting the vessel with all necessary NavCom and electrical systems.

While handling project management together, both companies have complementary scopes of work. Alewijnse will deliver and install all power and lighting distribution panels, internal and external communications systems and will handle all cabling. Systems include nautical equipment, bridge systems, alarm systems and such and range from CCTV and searchlights to fire detection.

Droste is set to handle primary electrical engineering and delivery of main power distribution, emergency and shore-line connection switchboards and the overall integration of the complete alarm and databus control system.


The vessel, which can be followed here, is designed by independent naval architect René van der Velden and includes floor-to-ceiling windows. The new KD Luxusliner is designed to host parties, events, concerts, cruises and meetings up to 1000 passengers and is due for delivery in May 2020.