South Korean builder launches oil recovery vessel with secondary dredging capability

Photo: Damen/Mark de Rooij

South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has floated out a new multi-purpose vessel ordered by local government agency Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM).

Named Endam, the vessel will be used primarily for oil recovery work but may also be utilised as a hopper dredger. Once completed, it will have a displacement of 5,000 tonnes and a hopper capacity of 4,100 cubic metres.

The oil recovery system will consist of a rigid sweeping arm of 15 metres complete with crane and various oil pumps in order to deal with oils of varying viscosity. This system has been designed to work in wave heights of up to four metres.

The dredging gear, the oil sweeping gear, and the electric and hydraulic system were all supplied by Damen Shipyards Group.

The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to KOEM in 2022.

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