Hopper Dredger range expands
The TSHD (trailing suction hopper dredgers) range now covers hopper volumes from 650 m3 to 5,000 m3. The new series has been designed with sustainability in mind; no need for ballast water during operations, including sea voyages, and no fuel tanks in contact with the hull. The engines are fully optimised to use a minimal amount of diesel and are fitted with SCR systems to meet IMO Tier III.
“Practical maintenance is of vital importance on a TSHD. Due to the continuous wear of the sand/water mixture all piping and main components need frequent checks,” Olivier Marcus, Damen product director Dredging, explains. “In the design this has resulted in an efficient pipe routing, the use of high grade materials and ample space around the equipment for inspection and repairs.”
“Dredge operators always have a clear idea on the various tasks their hopper dredger is to perform, whether, for instance, channel maintenance for a Port Authority or efficient sand winning, transport and discharge for a commercial operator.” Olivier explains, “This specific operation requires specific gear; the new TSHD range accommodates this. As hopper volumes range from as small as 650 m3 to a serious 5,000 m3 they fit a multitude of jobs.” This standard range can be seen as a platform which can be fully customised by adding various options to ensure the dredger is 100% fit for its job.”
Exhibitor: Damen Shipyards