Damen expands hopper dredger portfolio

Damen Shipyards Group has expanded its dredger product range with available variants now covering hopper volumes from 650 m³ to 5,000 m³.

The updated portfolio includes both hopper dredgers for port maintenance and multi-purpose dredgers. Damen said that all designs have been future-proofed and can be customised easily depending on customer requirements.

The new designs will also feature efficient pipe routing using high grade materials and ample space around the equipment to allow inspection and repairs to be easily carried out.

The efficient pipe routing is an important consideration since piping and main components will need frequent checks due to the continuous wear caused by a mixture of sand and water, said Olivier Marcus, Damen product director Dredging.

Damen added that the new series has been designed with sustainability in mind. For instance, no ballast water is needed throughout the dredgers’ operations, including sea voyages, and the designs do not have any fuel tanks in contact with the hull to avoid any future problems.

The new dredgers’ fully optimised engines will also be fitted out with SCR systems to comply with IMO Tier III regulations.

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