New dredgers have been delivered to operators in the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Mozambique a Texas-based customer places a repeat order for a large hopper dredger with a Louisiana shipyard.
Netherlands’ De Hoop Terneuzen welcomes newbuild dredger to fleet
Netherlands-based marine projects company De Hoop Terneuzen has begun operating the second newbuild trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) in a series ordered from local shipbuilder Thecla Bodewes.
The 105.9- by 15.85-metre Krakesandt is a sister vessel of Anchorage, which was handed over to the same customer in 2020. The newer TSHD will soon deploy on its initial project.
Krakesandt has a hopper capacity of 3,000 cubic metres and is designed for extracting sand and gravel aggregates. Like its sister, it is powered by diesel-electric propulsion.
Puerto Rico operator deploys new dredger on reservoir sediment removal
Maryland-based Ellicott Dredges has delivered a new dredger to an unnamed marine projects company in Puerto Rico.
The dredger is now being used to remove sediment from a reservoir in the northern city of Arecibo. The reservoir had lost 70 per cent of its water capacity as a result of several hurricane occurrences over several decades.
The dredger delivered to Puerto Rico has a total installed power of 800 hp (596 kW) and a digging depth of 42 feet (12.8 metres).
Mozambique’s Emodraga takes delivery of quayside dredger
Mozambique-based dredging company Emodraga recently took delivery of a new dredger from the Damen Shipyards Group.
Named Estoril, the newbuild will be used primarily for maintenance dredging at the Port of Beira, which has long suffered from mud buildup caused by inflows from the adjacent Buzi and Pungwa rivers.
The dredger measures 16.2 by 7.3 by 1.8 metres and has a total installed power of 156 kW. It will be capable of removing sediment at a rate of 800 cubic metres per hour.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock exercises option for additional TSHD
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation (GLDD) has exercised the contract option for a second trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) to be built by Conrad Shipyard in Amelia, Louisiana.
The vessel will be a sister of the TSHD Galveston Island, which is under construction and scheduled for delivery to GLDD in early 2023.
The second TSHD is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2025. Like Galveston Island it will have a length of 346 feet (105 metres), a beam of 69 feet (21 metres), a total installed power of 16,500 hp (12,300 kW), and a hopper capacity of 6,500 cubic yards (4,970 cubic metres). It will also be capable of dredging at depths of up to 100 feet (30 metres).
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