The move by electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine System to build a presence in the offshore wind market is continuing to meet with success. Its latest project has been the electrical outfitting of the offshore crew transfer vessel (CTV) Windcat 41. Windcat 41 is one of a series of CTVs that owner Windcat Workboats BV is having built at the Dok en Scheepsbouw Woudsend BV shipyard. With Windcat 41 now completed, Alewijnse Marine has started the electrical installation on sister vessel Windcat 42.
The Windcat catamaran vessels are used to ferry wind farm technicians and other personnel to and from offshore wind installations on a daily basis. The small, fast catamarans are active in North West Europe, from the UK to Denmark and Germany.
For the Windcat 41, Alewijnse delivered the complete electrical installation. This included a console and alarm & monitoring system. A new feature for this series is the replacement of the conventional batteries with Lithium-Ion equivalents, due to their high energy density. Alewijnse also assisted the yard in making and installing the aluminum cable trays and foundations.
Alewijnse and Woudsend
Alewijnse and Dok en Scheepsbouw Woudsend have been working together successfully for years.
Alewijnse Project Manager Bertran Smit commented:
"We have been at the yard since 2009, working on the Windcat vessels. The results have been well above expectations with newbuild and refit contracts for 17 vessels. The projects have generally run well for all the parties concerned. Woudsend and Windcat are very satisfied with the quality of the delivered vessels and Alewijnse’s flexibility."
A global, full-service partner Alewijnse Marine has over 125 years of experience in marine technology and undertakes projects around the world. As an all-round systems integrator, Alewijnse supplies a comprehensive range of technical services, innovative electrical engineering, automation, Nav-Com and AVIT solutions. The company undertakes new build, refit and maintenance projects on a wide variety of vessels every year, in sectors that include offshore & transport, dredging, superyachts, naval and government.