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Thursday, April 16, 2020 

RH Marine of The Netherlands will supply and install all energy distribution, automation and bridge systems for the Dutch Ministry of Defence's new Combat Support Ship (CSS) 'Den Helder'.

RH Marine says it will provide the new CSS with high-quality systems which ensure swift operation and safety for ship and crew. It will deliver the entire electrical distribution and automation package, from switchboards and cable routing to the integrated bridge, CCTV and integrated platform management systems. Due to the growing impact of digitalisation and automation, cyber security has become an integral part in the delivery of the vessel. Over the next four years, more than 40 employees will work on the CSS project. RH Marine has begun engineering and expects to supply and install the first equipment in 2022.

More than 100 companies from the Dutch naval construction sector are involved in the construction of the vessel. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) will build the ship as main contractor. Damen and RH Marine have been working together for decades to deliver Dutch shipbuilding ingenuity to the Royal Netherlands Navy and other navies abroad.

The new CSS Den Helder will be 180m long, will have a 75-person crew and can take an additional 75 people on board. There is room for several helicopters and around 20 containers. The vessel is being built in Romania, after which its final components will be installed. Completion is planned for 2024 and the vessel is scheduled to be operational by 2025.

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