Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology started designing and installing electrical systems on fishing trawlers in the former island of Urk back in 1961. Because the fishermen and crew on these trawlers were, and still are, family and friends, and because the North Sea is notorious for its rough seas, the company has always had a personal interest in making sure its electrical systems continue to operate whatever the weather.
During the last quarter, no less than three superyachts have been deliverd by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology with all the on-board electrical, navigation, and entertainment systems.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology fitted the entire electrical systems for the superyachts Lady Dee, a 47 metre long motor yacht, the Nassima (Acico Yachts), a 49 metre long motor yacht, and a 46 metre long motor yacht built by Vicem Yachts in Turkey. The cutting‐edge technology installed by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology on-board these yachts included an Active Harmonic Filter (AHF), which delivers a stable on-board power supply that eliminates all harmonic interference and guarantees maximum operational comfort on-board. Another example is the crossover box, which improves the user-friendliness and operational reliability on-board for the engineers.
A subsidiary of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology, Marble Automation, supplied the monitoring and control systems on-board these three yachts. The superyachts Nassima and Lady Dee were also fitted with a Marble Automation alarm system. The alarm schematics are displayed on Hatteland monitors, which also show the status of the integrated General Alarm. In addition, a Marble Automation tank content measurement system was also fitted in the yachts. Because the tank tables can be fully imported into the Marble Automation system, a very accurate reading can be obtained for the tank content. The precise location of the tank is indicated on a diagram of the yacht in the control panel.
The Marble Automation control panel can also be used to operate the pumps and to check the current status of the batteries. This information is displayed in a way that is designed to enhance operational simplicity. A diagram showing the location of the watertight doors and windows can also be displayed on the control panel in the bridge of the yachts. Another additional feature that can be accessed with the bridge monitor is the position and status of all navigation lighting. The alarm systems on the motor yachts Nassima and Lady Dee are displayed using a separate screen in the mess room. This ensures the crew can take action immediately whenever necessary. Finally, the fire alarm system is linked to the Marble Automation system via Modbus, which gives a clear overview of the fire alarms in a diagram of the yacht.
The portfolio of superyachts that have been fitted with the electrical systems of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and the monitoring systems of Marble Automation has grown exponentially in recent years. Negotiations are currently on-going with various yacht builders for the installation of similar systems on-board other sail yachts and motor yachts.