Regional Dutch water authority Waterschap Scheldestromen has contracted Holland Shipyards Group for the delivery of a new survey vessel. The new vessel, a replacement of their current vessel, is expected to enter service by the end of 2021. The design takes in account future plans for conversion into a battery powered fully electric vessel.

The vessel measures 15.15 metres by 4.90 metres and will be suitable for sailing along the Zeeland coast, up to 5 nautical miles off the coast. It will be provided with two permanent magnet motors, each with a capacity of 85 kW, and a generatorset with variable speed, ensuring optimal fuel consumption and operational reliability by switching generators on and off automatically.

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For its hydrographic survey duties it is equipped with both a singlebeam and multibeam echosounder. Building of the vessel will start in March at the Holland Shipyards Group’s yard in Werkendam.