Heinen & Hopman books contract for Dutch and Belgian ASW frigates

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has selected Heinen & Hopman to supply the climate and filtration systems for the four new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates being built for the Netherlands and Belgium.


The scope of the contract includes a complete Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning, Refrigeration system (HVAC-R).

The company specialises in marine applications that can continue to function in the most challenging conditions. In addition, Heinen & Hopman will also supply a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear filtration system (CBRN) to protect the ship and especially the crew from chemical, biological or nuclear attacks.

Following Thales and RH Marine, Heinen & Hopman is the third ‘home-grown’ supplier to be linked to the project.

“With this contract, we are fulfilling our promise to involve as many Dutch suppliers as possible in this project,” explained Roland Briene, Managing Director of Damen Naval.

“By doing so, we ensure that we share the knowledge we accumulate on this frigate project with as large a part of the Dutch shipbuilding industry as possible. Like Damen, Heinen & Hopman is a family business and because of their quality systems and their hands-on and flexible way of working, they are the perfect fit with Damen Naval.”

 Damen Naval and Heinen & Hopman have already collaborated on several projects. The company also supplied the HVAC-R systems for joint support ship HNLMS Karel Doorman, the combat support ship Den Helder currently under construction and SIGMA frigates for Indonesia, Morocco, and Mexico.