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Alewijnse has successfully completed the electric outfitting and automation for the new 114-metre eco-cement carrier Cymbidium. The sea trials were concluded on 28 November. The new advanced self-unloading cement carrier has been built for shipping company Eureka Shipping by Royal Bodewes Shipyards B.V.

Scope of works Royal Bodewes contracted Alewijnse Marine, a global player with over a century of experience in maritime technology, to undertake the electrical engineering and installation on board Cymbidium. The project covered almost the entire scope of works, including the engineering, commissioning, delivery and installation of all cabling, lighting, main switchboard, e-motors (e.g. for the bow thruster), household equipment, transformers, distribution panels, navigation lighting, the bridge console with its various systems, bridge wings, fire detection system, engine room alarm system ALMACS, signal panels and window wipers. The works took place at the outfitting quay of Royal Bodewes in Papenburg under the leadership of Alewijnse site manager Egon Sinnema. His team delivered a top performance by pulling, connecting and putting the systems into operation in the exceptionally short timescale of just fifteen weeks. Innovative cement carriers Cymbidium is the sister vessel of the 5,700 DWAT cement carrier Furuvik, recently successfully delivered for operations along the Finnish coast. The 7,700 DWAT cement carrier Cymbidium will be deployed in the warmer waters of the Caribbean area. Self-discharging and efficient Both vessels are highly advanced, self-discharging cement tankers. All the equipment required for both pneumatic and mechanical unloading is installed on board. This is a capability not usually found on cement carriers of this size, as these are generally converted bulk carriers lacking the facilities needed to discharge themselves. Furthermore, the new vessels have been designed to be exceptionally efficient, through features including the sharp cross bow, the streamlined hull below the waterline and the integrated power on board. As a result, the fuel consumption and accompanying emissions are around 20 percent lower than on comparable ships. This helps make the Furuvik and Cymbidium highly competitive in the market.

Alewijnse and Bodewes Royal Bodewes and Alewijnse have been working together for many years on the construction of Eco-traders and other vessels at the Bodewes yard in Hoogezand. Besides Furuvik and Cymbidium, the two companies have recently completed the NB 803 Coralius, a unique LNG flex tanker, and the 4,700 DWAT Ecotrader for shipping company Lehmann. “The projects prove that the partnership between Alewijnse Marine and Royal Bodewes continues to deliver competitive, highly advanced vessels,” concludes Egon Sinnema.

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