Keel laid for electric inspection ship for Dutch Province of Friesland

The keel has been laid for the PW10, a 15-metre fully electric inspection vessel for the Province of Friesland. The ship is being built byCO Shipyard Talsma in Franeker and is to be delivered in the summer of 2021.

The ship will be able to sail CO2-neutrally by means of electric propulsion in combination with a large set of batteries. The batteries will be charged with green electricity at night. In addition, ten solar panels will be installed on the roof of the wheelhouse. The vessel will be suitable for switching to hydrogen propulsion in the future.

The province of Friesland will use the vessel for inspection, enforcement and guidance of shipping, among other things. In addition, the vessel can be used during water sports events and in case of calamities.

The design of the new PW10 was made by Vripack in Sneek and Shipyard Talsma in Franeker started construction in April. ‘It is great that a Frisian shipyard is allowed to build this innovative ship,’ says Gerard Cnossen of Scheepswerf Talsma. ‘Besides direct employment for us, this assignment can be a spin-off for future projects.’

Artist impression by Vripack.

Sustainable interior

A heat pump regulates the climate in the wheelhouse. Even in winter, the pump extracts heat from the surface water. Two energy buffers are good for storing the heated water. The materials used in the ship are selected on the basis of sustainability as much as possible. A hull made of steel was chosen because the CO2 footprint is lower than, for example, aluminum. Recyclable plastic is used for the piping.

For the interior and floors, bamboo was chosen. Bamboo is a very fast-growing grass, which fixes large amounts of CO2 and releases 35 per cent more oxygen. Ecological materials are used for the upholstery and recyclable plastic from PET bottles will be used for the ceiling.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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