Alewijnse will provide the advanced electrical engineering and automation for three more Van Wijk class rescue boats. The boats are to join the fleet of the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM).

The vessels will be built at Dutch shipyard Dok en Scheepsbouw Woudsend and the order is part of a series of eight Van Wijk class rescue boats being built for KNRM, with Alewijnse providing the electrical engineering solutions, the alarm and monitoring systems (AMS) and the navigation and communications equipment for each vessel.

Designed for fast and efficient rescue operations, the Van Wijk class rescue boats are known for their superior performance, reliability and safety.

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Fleet renewal

The construction is part of KNRM‘s overall fleet renewal, in which 77 lifeboats will be replaced in the period between 2021 and 2039. Modern, reliable and safe equipment is very important for KNRM to ensure that rescuers can carry out their work safely and on time, in all weather conditions. The vessels will be deployed at various KNRM rescue stations along the Dutch coast.

The cooperation between Alewijnse and Dok en Scheepsbouw Woudsend builds on previous successful joint projects with Windcat Offshore’s crew transfer vessels (CTVs). These are used for the daily transport of technical personnel, equipment and other payloads to and from wind farms in the waters of North-West Europe.

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