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Alewijnse to renew automation systems for Jan De Nul dredgers

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Jan De Nul Group has awarded Alewijnse the contract for the renewal of all dredging process automation systems onboard four of its trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs).

In recent years, Jan De Nul has continuously expanded and renewed its dredging fleet and this new contract is a confirmation of their co-operation on complex automation issues.

The main reason for choosing Alewijnse was the confidence in its automation specialism and its 24/7 service support. Onboard the four trailing suction hopper dredgers Francis Beaufort (11 300 m3), Filippo Brunelleschi (11 300 m3), Juan Sebastián de Elcano (16 500 m3) and Kaishuu (16 500 m3), Alewijnse will optimise the process automation in such a way that maximum benefits are achieved in the areas of environment, safety, productivity and reliability. This allows the company to actively contribute to the high quality and low risk of Jan De Nul’s projects.

Onboard of each of the four trailing suction hopper dredgers, Alewijnse will renew and supply the Alarm and Monitoring System (AMS), Dredge Control System (DCS), Alewijnse Draught and Loading System (ADLS) and the Alewijnse Suction Tube System (ASTS). In this regard, the company will provide advanced new HMI and PLC hardware, hardware engineering, soft-ware engineering, FAT testing, and Bureau Veritas Classification.

The renewal of the dredging automation packages onboard the four Jan De Nul vessels will form part of the lifetime extension of the dredgers. The implementation will take place worldwide.

“With this order we further strengthen both our portfolio of automation solutions and our position in the dredging market. In this way we expect our installed base in the field of process and automation solutions to increase four-fold from five dredgers now to 22 within five years.” Johan van Rikxoort, Product Manager Dredging & Offshore at Alewijnse.

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