Hoorn, 9 juni 2023
De Marine heeft bij Stormer Marine in Hoorn een serie werkboten gekocht voor dienst in de Nieuwe Haven.
The three new aluminum work boats for the navy are robust, tough and, above all, friendly to the environment. Defense also takes global greening seriously and an electric drive has therefore been chosen. The project team, supported by senior project engineer Willem Burger, explains the background of this logical choice.
Replacement of Scheldt class
The three boats are built by the Stormer company in Hoorn. They will replace the current five Scheldt class work boats, which are being replaced after 35 years of loyal service. Until the newcomers are ready in 2023/24, some of these steel vessels will remain available for manual services in the Helderse Nieuwe Haven, the Wadden Sea and the adjacent inland waterways. Towing sailing boats from the Defense Sailing School, laying oil screens, moving fenders and pontoons, but also helping to secure the Nieuwe Haven, are all part of it. “The intention is for the new vessels to take over all these tasks,” says Willem. The engineer explains that the zero-emission boats are also used where diesel-powered boats are no longer welcome. Such as at the Marine Barracks Amsterdam.
The complete boat is made of aluminum and is of Dutch manufacture. The cutting package is assembled by a welding company in Leeuwarden, after which a spraying company in Harlingen coats the hull. The hull goes to Stormer in Hoorn for finishing. Number one is expected to be launched at the beginning of July, after which the vessel will be commissioned and tested. It has been agreed that the Stormer company will do the maintenance for two years, according to project leader small above water at Commit Projects Remco Bouma. With a length of over 11 meters and a width of almost 4, the boats have a robust appearance. This is further accentuated by the thick rubber fendering, which protects against all the heavy work of the small powerhouses.