Electric Utility Vessel Enters into Service for Province of Groningen

After a year of construction and an extensive testing period, Royal Niestern Sander has delivered the new utility vessel PW18 to the province of Groningen. This new fully electrically powered ship can sail CO2-neutral for a full working day.

The central part of the ship consists of a battery pack of approximately 5000 kilogrammes. The ship has two large silent electric motors for propulsion. Thanks to a sophisticated system for heating, cooling and heat recovery, energy is used as efficiently as possible. In addition, sustainable films, wood and paint types were used.

Extensive Testing

The ship was built at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in Delfzijl. After more than a year of construction, the ship has undergone extensive testing since last spring. Getting such an innovative sustainable ship ready to sail was a major challenge for builders, installers, class bureaus and software engineers. Regulations for fully electrically powered ships are still under development and the battery system and the distribution of electricity to consumers required custom solutions. This required extensive testing and time.

The inspection ship will be used for the supervision, enforcement and supervision of shipping and events on the water.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.