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In build for a Spring clean

Flooding, arising from heavy siltation, is threatening agriculture and livestock along the Salado River in Argentina. A Damen full option Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) is now under construction.

Sold to the Argentinian dredging contractor Servimagnus, the Damen CSD500 will work on the ambitious waterways programme in the province of Buenos Aires, extending the capabilities of the local dredge fleet and pushing the maintenance dredging job forward.

The modular dredger will be customised using a number of standard options including day accommodation (situated beneath the operating cabin), a heavy duty cutterhead for breaking up compacted soils, a wedge piece for shallow water dredging, a position visualisation system for keeping track of the dredging works and a production measurement system.

Ezequiel Najmias, Damen Shipyards Group sales manager Americas, explains, “The CSD500 will be fitted out with a spud carriage pontoon, resulting in an ultra-efficient dredging operation due to the impressive swing with of over 52 m – sweeping the river clean in wide strokes.”

Under construction at the Damen Dredging yard in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, the dredger will be completed in time for the Southern Hemisphere spring, when it will be shipped over to Argentina to join the rest of the Servimagnus fleet; cleaning up the silted rivers.

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