Damen Naval Inks New Contract with Dutch Supplier for Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates

Damen Naval has struck a partnership deal with Hatenboer-Water to provide all freshwater systems aboard the four Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates (ASWF) currently under construction by the Damen Naval for the Netherlands and Belgium. This agreement marks another milestone as Damen Naval continues to involve Dutch maritime manufacturing companies in its prestigious projects.


Joop Noordijk, Damen Naval Project Director, expressed, “From the very beginning, we have said that we want to involve as many companies from the Dutch maritime manufacturing industry as possible in our projects. Safe and clean water onboard is essential, and we look forward to working with Hatenboer-Water.”


Damen Naval had previously sealed the contract for the design and construction of the ASWF in June 2023. These frigates are set to be versatile, though their primary focus will be on anti-submarine warfare. They are slated to replace the current Karel Doorman-class Multipurpose Frigates. With the end of life of these vessels approaching, the Netherlands and Belgium have opted for a joint replacement program, entailing the construction of two frigates for the Royal Netherlands Navy and two for the Belgian Navy.


Hatenboer-Water, headquartered in Schiedam, has been supplying water supply systems to ships globally since 1906. The company introduced the ‘Safe Water on Board’ concept, which integrates water treatment and distribution installation with global assistance for management and maintenance. Hatenboer-Water also provides water systems for the F126 frigates that Damen Naval is constructing for the German navy.


Guy Heijnen, Chief Commercial Officer of Hatenboer-Water, emphasised, “From freshwater generators to pressure control and hot water production, every aspect will be meticulously developed to meet the highest standards of performance and reliability. This collaboration not only confirms our commitment to providing high-quality solutions for maritime defence but also highlights our shared vision of ensuring safety and efficiency at sea.”


The first vessel is slated for delivery by Damen Naval in 2028.



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