RH Marine are to supply systems for a new CSS Photo: RH Marine
RH Marine will supply and install all energy distribution, automation and bridge systems for a new combat support ship (CSS) for the Dutch navy.
More than 100 companies from the Dutch naval construction sector are involved in the construction of the Den Helder. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding will build the ship as the Ministry of Defence’s 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 system integrator delivers the entire electrical distribution and automation package, from switchboards and cable routing to the integrated bridge, CCTV and integrated platform management system. Owing to the growing impact of digitalisation and automation, cyber security has become an integral part in the delivery of the vessel. RH Marine has already started engineering and expects to supply and install the first equipment in 2022.
The new CSS Den Helder will be 180 metres 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 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.