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Friday, November 12, 2021 

Two years after shipbuilder Damen and Bakker Sliedrecht signed a partnership agreement for the construction of De Beers Marine Namibias new vessel, the Dutch electrical system integrator reports that the ship has been delivered.

Bakker Sliedrecht carried out the complete electrical engineering, electrical system integration, commissioning and delivery of more than 150m of switchboards. The 177m AMV3 is the largest and most complex diamond recovery vessel in existence. It was built by Damen at its shipyard in Mangalia, Romania, and following sea trials is currently in Cape Town, South Africa, where the diamond recovery equipment will be installed.

Bakker Sliedrecht engineered all electrical installations from the electrical propulsion via diesel generators to the switchboards, from the high voltage to low voltage distribution network to the integration of complex systems such as the DP2 system, powered by seven thrusters and six generators.

The collaboration between builder and system integrator was considered special in several respects. During the engineering of the ship, teams from Damen and Bakker Sliedrecht worked closely together, in each other’s offices.

Bakker Sliedrecht project manager Fred Hordijk said: “We cooperated openly and transparently. That has worked well for both parties and ultimately contributed to higher quality, more efficiency and cost-effectiveness,”

Bakker Sliedrecht engineers are to travel to Cape Town to commission switchboards on site and to resolve minor issues. After that, a trial run with the diamond recovery vessel will be made.

Hordijk said: “The project has recently been successfully completed, but there have certainly been challenges. For example, we have built and supplied quite a number of switchboards in a very short time, under difficult circumstances, in the middle of the pandemic. That made it very special. By being flexible and by completing the switchboards later on site, the construction of the ship did not have to stagnate and Damen was able to deliver the AMV3 on time.”

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