The Karel Doorman is a logistical support ship, a Joint Support Ship (JSS). Delivery of the Karel Doorman is planned for 2014. This JSS is not only designed for sea transport and supply at sea. It also serves as a mobile base for transport helicopters, which are capable of quickly relocating heavy materials and troops. At the same time, the ship can play a vital supporting role in actions of a humanitarian nature.
The JSS is the largest order received for a single ship by Alewijnse Marine Systems. It concerns the steelwork and cabling of all the ship’s installations, including:
- HV (High Voltage) power;
- cat7-cable for the various high-tech systems;
- the connection, testing and delivery of the infrastructure.
Eighty percent of the ship’s construction was carried out at the Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania. Alewijnse Marine Galati, was responsible for the bulk of the installation work. Alewijnse Nijmegen provided supporting project management. Final assembly, installation and delivery of various nautical and armament systems takes place at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen.
Royal Netherlands Navy
This order illustrates that the Royal Netherlands Navy’s interest in Alewijnse is increasing. This is also thanks to earlier orders, such as the 4 Patrol vessels, maintenance of the M-frigates and power distribution units (PDU’s) for the signal masts placed on board patrol ships. Receiving this prestigious order shows that the Royal Netherlands Navy trusts Alewijnse as a partner in this type of complex project.