Damen Signs MLU Contract With Netherlands Ministry Of Defence
On 11th July, Damen Shipyards Den Helder and Netherlands Ministry of Defence signed a midlife upkeep (MLU) contract. The support ship HNLMS Pelikaan, along with hydrographic survey vessels HNLMS Snellius and HNLMS Luymes, all of the Royal Netherlands Navy, are heading to Damen Shipyards Den Helder for an extensive maintenance and modernization program after this contract.
The Damen yard will have a scope of work which will include equipping the vessels with new hull plating, renewal of radars and communications equipment and maintenance of the ship’s systems, along with regular maintenance.
Jelle Loosman, Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Den Helder, says, “We are very proud to accept this new contract together with our subcontractors, and are confident that the ships will be delivered in time, within budget and with the high quality that is known worldwide as the Damen trademark.”
Damen is supported by around 30 renowned Dutch suppliers and sub-contractors in its implementation and provision of engineering for this project. Later this year, Damen will begin work on the project and it is expected to be completed in 2021. Work will be distributed between Damen Shipyards Den Helder and Damen Shiprepair Harlingen.
The hydrographic survey vessels are used by The Royal Netherlands Navy to chart the sea bottom. The Hydrographic Service uses this information, amongst other things, to produce nautical charts and other navigational publications. To enable the vessels to perform their tasks efficiently Damen will replace all the vessels’ underwater sensors in the coming years.
HNLMS Pelikaan is the logistic support ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy in the Caribbean. She is used for transportation and emergency assistance, playing a role, for example, after Hurricane Irma in 2017. This will be the first time the vessel returns to the Netherlands since her commissioning in 2006.