World’s first LNG-powered hopper dredger launched

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) ‘Minerva’ took place on December 3 at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. 

The dual-fuel (diesel and LNG) dredger has a ‘Green Passport’ and a ‘Clean Design’ notation, complying and exceeding with the strictest international emission requirements. 

The availability of the 83.5-metre vessel has also been increased since it meets the requirements for the extended dry-docking system. Ships under this special programme get a maximum dry-dock interval of 7.5 years (instead of five years) by replacing certain dry-dockings with in-water surveys. 

The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Alex Baird

Alex Baird is the Managing Director of Baird Maritime