Eekels is known worldwide as a supplier of electrotechnical systems and services for Marine & Offshore applications. The company has its foundation in the knowledge-intensive North-Netherlands shipbuilding sector. Ever since the twenties of the previous century, Eekels has been supplying reliable electrotechnical installations to merchant ships, developing into an innovative coproducer of shipping concepts. Eekels supplies technologically high-grade installations for:
For centuries, the Northern Netherlands has been involved in building ships, particularly coasters. It was not until the early 20th century, however, that more and more electrical equipment was installed aboard ships. In 1908, Herman Gerardus Eekels established H. G. Eekels N.V., which started off with a focus on mechanical engineering. When the use of three-phase current was gaining popularity, a great shift from mechanical to electrical systems occurred, first in the industrial sector and then in the maritime sector. In 1922, Eekels started to supply electrotechnical installations on board vessels. Since that time, Eekels has equipped approximately 2000 vessels with electrical installations.
Holland is well-known for its yacht building. Building on this tradition, ICON Yachts of Harlingen uses a revolutionary new concept, reducing the building time for a luxury yacht by half. The costs involved are also considerably lower than usual. Eekels contributed to the ICON concept as a co-maker. ICON Yachts has a modern shipyard at Harlingen, where 62-meter super yachts are currently being built. A larger size than what most shipyards can handle. And the target group demands even larger super yachts.
Clients in the high-end market expect custom-made products. This does not mean, though, that each yacht has to be invented all over again. Similar hulls, accommodations and technical installations can be used, including electrical infrastructure for propulsion, navigation, communication and security. A lot of profit can be made through standardization, pre-engineering and smart installation systems. Eekels is involved in projects as a partner that contributes many years' experience as the biggest installer of ship systems in the North Netherlands. Perhaps even more important is Eekels's know-how and experience in product development and co-makership. Our order portfolio includes three orders for the ICON 62. The first of these yachts was launched by the end of 2008.
In the early nineteen seventies, Pattje shipyard in Waterhuizen developed the precursor of the current offshore supply ships. This shipyard has been a market leader in the sector of anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS vessels) for a long time. In the peak years, 25 to 30 AHTS vessels were delivered each year. This was only possible with the help of a large number of shipyards in the Northern Netherlands.
Eekels has also been active in the offshore sector for a long time. We have gained a wealth of experience in this market segment. Since 1974, Eekels has regularly designed and installed electrical installations of AHTS vessels. Many of these ships are equipped with a DP2 installation. In 1983, Eekels also fitted out the legendary sea tug Smit Singapore. Our most recent projects are four hybrid AHTS vessels with a pulling power of 300 tons. Eekels designed the electrical installation of these ships, built the switchboards and control panels, and supplied the components of the electrical installation.
On a mine hunter, everything needs to be safe. Technical systems have to be a hundred percent reliable. At the same time the Dutch Royal Navy strives for the most efficient way to deploy employees. This is typically a challenge for Eekels. Alkmaar class mine hunters have a TC to monitor and partially control the main platform installations. The Navy asked Eekels to replace the outdated alarm system with a new one. The new alarm system is integrated with the fire alarm system, providing the functionality to view and record fire alarms or to leave the TC unattended. In addition, alarm signals are transmitted to two mobile devices, so they can be received and confirmed at a distance. Much hard work has been put in to develop data communication protocols for the mobile telephone exchange and the fire alarm system.
As already said, everything needs to be safe on a mine hunter.