Modernisation completed on Royal Netherlands Navy survey ship

RESEARCH & TRAINING WEEK
HNLMS Snellius (Photo: Royal Netherlands Navy)

Damen Shipyards Den Helder has returned the hydrographic survey vessel HNLMS Snellius to the Royal Netherlands Navy following an extensive midlife upgrade.

Damen said the vessel required a complex and diverse scope of work taking almost a year to complete. The modernisation was carried out in close collaboration with numerous partners from the Dutch maritime industry.

Many of the platforms and systems were replaced or overhauled during the project. A number of works were also carried out to prepare the 15-year-old vessel for the second half of its expected lifecycle.

Following the completion of the work, the vessel underwent an extensive test period and is now ready to once again perform hydrographic work for the navy.

Previously, sister ship HNLMS Luymes underwent a similar maintenance and modernisation programme at Damen and is now also operating successfully again.

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