Submarine Handling Crane Designed by Huisman – Animation
The Dutch Navy is looking at options available for building a new class of submarine to replace their current Walrus-class vessels. Huisman, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative and step changing technical solutions to the world’s leading companies in the renewables, oil & gas, naval, civil and entertainment industries, has announced their plans for a future submarine facility complete with the Huisman Submarine Handling Crane.
The Huisman facility, located in Schiedam, the Netherlands, enables the three bidding non-Dutch Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to increase Dutch content, reduce costs and investments in specialised facilities, and minimise construction risks. Their knowledge and skills perfectly match those used in submarine production. The technology used for Huisman’s solutions provided to the offshore heavy lifting industry is equal to submarine production technology and meets the requirements for hull assembly and joining assemblies.
The recently developed Huisman Submarine Handling Crane offers a method for safe and easy handling of complete submarines, from the assembly hall into the harbour and vice versa. With this crane, the Huisman submarine facility is fit for purpose, and provides major benefits and minimal investment risks to the remaining three OEM partners for the replacement of the Dutch Walrus-class submarines
The Rotterdam area has built up expertise and equipment support for the current Walrus submarines and subsequent other complex maritime projects. The Dutch maritime cluster offers a central location where all Dutch expertise and knowledge can be integrated in close cooperation with the OEM partners for this replacement programme. The importance of investing in higher local Dutch content is obvious. The government receives a 125% return on investment for every euro spent in the Netherlands, contrary to a full cash out spent abroad. Involving the Dutch maritime cluster early in the programme reduces risks and therefore costs for initial investments. At the same time, it ensures long-term local employment which is of great value to the area, following the economic downturn as a result of the Corona virus pandemic.