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Wijnne Barends agrees nav/com package deal for newbuilds

An artist’s impression of Wijnne Barends’ new Lady-H Class vessel design An artist’s impression of Wijnne Barends’ new Lady-H Class vessel design

Radio Holland reports that it has agreed a deal to supply navigation and communication systems packages to six newbuild vessels being built for Dutch shipping company Wijnne Barends, based in Delfzijl.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Wijnne Barends was established in 1855 and has a relationship with Radio Holland stretching back approximately 50 years. The company currently has more than 30 vessels in its fleet.

The six new 4,200 dwt, 98m Lady-H Class general cargo vessels will trade in northwest Europe. The ships are being designed to meet Swedish and Finnish Ice Class standards and will be built at Chowgule Shipyard, in Goa, India. The first ship is set for delivery in November 2018, with the final vessel expected to be delivered in July 2020.

The systems to be supplied to the newbuilds include Furuno X-Band and S-Band Radars, as well as Furuno Echosounder, Speedlog and AIS systems, Transas ECDIS, and a Raytheon-Anschutz gyro compass system.

On the communications side, a Furuno VHF unit will be installed alongside Inmarsat-C, SSAS, and LRIT equipment, as well as a Cobham VSAT system.

“We have a very long relationship with Wijnne Barends as preferred supplier of NavCom equipment for newbuilds. In competition with other companies I believe the positive experiences Wijnne Barends had in terms of reliable equipment and service over the years were key to win this order,” said Theunis Eelkema, Radio Holland’s sales manager services north.{/mprestriction}

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