Damen launches Europe’s first LNG dual-fuel conversion dredger

The first dredger in Europe to undergo conversion to dual-fuel capability combining LNG and marine gas oil (MGO) has been launched at the facilities of Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque.

Dragages-Ports’ Samuel de Champlain originally relied on a diesel-electric propulsion system that burned MGO but is now equipped with dual-fuel generators and onboard LNG storage facilities.

Damen has stated that the conversion work on the dredger is nearing completion.

Following final commissioning, Samuel de Champlain will return to its regular duties dredging the Loire and Seine rivers.

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