On June 30, a new trailer suction hopper dredger was delivered by Scheepswerf Kooiman in Zwijndrecht.
DC Brugge was built as a collaboration by Group de Cloedt and Kooiman Marine.
The vessel, with a hopper volume of 2,450m3 will replace the 43-year-old Interballast 1, which boasts a 1,680m3 volume, and will be deployed in the granulate dredger fleet of Group De Cloedt.
The vessel will primarily be used in the Western Scheldt and the Belgian and Dutch coasts.
The vessel will be used to load inland hopper barges and stock the depots of Group de Cloedt.
The two hoppers can be loaded and unloaded separately, enabling two different types of sand to be transported. The dredger installation is fitted with a height-adjustable screener so that different sand qualities can be carefully sorted.
The use of two built-in telescopic spud poles means that no mooring buoys are required. In combination with the unloading installation, the vessel can independently unload in very many places.
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