Bold builds

Comprised of three Dutch shipyards and a further five qualified subsidiaries that are active in the marine sector, the family owned the Kooiman Marine Group is involved in a diverse range of services such as ship design, shipbuilding & repairs, conversions, major overhauls and ship operations. Boasting significant building capacity, the medium sized business focuses on developing customer requirements and turning them into competitively priced designs at its three different new-building and repair shipyards in the Netherlands.

At the heart of the Kooiman Marine Group is Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman, which is situated in Zwijndrecht and was founded 130 years ago. Benefiting from an open connection to the Rotterdam harbour area and the open sea, Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman has played an integral role in the growing success of the Kooiman Marine Group since its foundation in 1884. Having gone though a period of substantial development over the last century, the modern and well-equipped shipyard today is able to offer a wide range of services, from new building to extensive modifications and repairs. With slipways up to 110 metres and a maximum capacity of 1700 tonnes, the shipyard has outfitting quays of 150 metres and docks, one of which has a lifting capacity of 1000 tonnes and a width between the dockwalls of 19 metres. Situated over one of the slipways, Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman’s main shipbuilding hall can be used for both new building projects and indoor repairs; the shipyard can also process steel, stainless steel and aluminium. Also operating within the group is Shipyard Kooiman Hoebee in Dordecht and the smaller shipyard, Shipyard Kooiman van Os, which is based in Yerseke.

Since previously being featured in Shipping & Marine magazine in October 2015, the group has been involved in a number of notable projects, including the widening of a mussel dredger at the hall of Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman. The widening of the ship by 60 cm each side was performed over the entire length of the vessel; to make this possible, the ship’s shell and plating was cut loose both at PS and SB from stern to bow before the port and starboard shell plating was positioned at 60 cm besides the ship. Following this, the deck, bottom, bulkhead and structural parts were extended to the shell plating, while the fore part of the bulbous bow and bow was brought forward to create a longer ship after widening.

Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman has als supplied a new multi purpose DP-2 support vessel to HvS Dredging Support BV in Harlingen. Working in close co-operation with HvS DS, the shipyard developed a number of creative solutions, thus enabling the new Zwerver II to serve the top end of the market sector. For example, the ship has been equipped with DP II, four point mooring, a crane of 520 tm with an active heave compensated winch and a conventional crane of 370 tm; a passive heave compensated gangway will also be installed for the transfer of personnel to windmills and platforms. Designed and built under Bureau Veritas, the Zwerver II will operated under one Dutch flag and will be used mainly in the offshore and renewables market for projects such as dredging support, anchor handling, cable laying and ROV support. Completed in Spring 2016, this project follows HvS DS and Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman joint ventures on the development and supply of Zwerver I in 2007 and Zwerver II in 2011.

Discussing this major project, Business Development Director Jos Blom comments: “As a further development of the Zwerver III for the same client, Kooiman designed a multipurpose workboat, which involved additional customer specified particulars such as a propulsion system with two conventional propellers and one aziumut drive aft and two bow azimuth drives at the front. Because of the applicable regulations, it was required to keep the vessel’s deadweight below 500 tonnes; with some effort, Kooiman succeeded in reaching 499 tonnes, thus creating the optimum size but remaining within the stipulated margin. The vessel is currently performing its first job in the North Sea.”

Alongside this significant project, Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman has played an active role in the use of LNG for inland waterway transport. As part of a consortium that has been awarded with a subsidy for the development of LNG as fuel for inland waterway transport, the shipyard is involved in a project to lower the investment barrier for ship owners with the goal of facilitating large-scale implementation of LNG in inland navigation, which will force a breakthrough in the LNG market. Known as the Breakthrough LNG deployment in Inland Waterway Transport, the project’s subsidy is from 1st January until 31st December 2018. Using its experience and knowledge when it comes to the implementation of LNG, Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman is to play an integral role in this major project.

Despite operating in a challenging market caused by a low oil price, the Kooiman Group has been involved in a number of notable projects over the last nine months, a trend it hopes to continue moving forward. “Our main goal is to stay in business and perform at the level we currently do. We don’t see strong potential for growth, but a shift into the docking and repair of more sea-going vessels as well as the design and newbuilding of dredging vessels. Meanwhile, in the LNG market, we aim to obtain a market share in the new building and conversion of existing ships,” Jos concludes.

Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman BV

  • Part of the Kooiman Marine Group
  • Currently supplying a new DP-2 multipurpose support vessel
  • Playing an active role in the use of LNG for inland waterway transport