DEME has just confirmed its order for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers to enhance its fleet. Built according to the company’s sustainable investment policy, the vessels will have a ‘Green Passport’ and a ‘Clean Design’ notation. The ships will be equipped with dual fuel engines and LNG tanks, ensuring compliance with all of the international emission requirements within the Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA).
In view of the innovative and future oriented technology, the ships will be manned with especially trained high-tech personnel and they will be ‘best in class’ according to their specific category. Both trailing suction hopper dredgers will be built by the Dutch shipyard Royal IHC. They will be operational before the end of 2016 and will service DEME’s European markets.
The first vessel will be a new generation trailing suction hopper dredger in the ‘Antigoon class’ with a hopper volume of approx. 8,000 m³ and a total length (LOA) of 104 m. Its maximum draught of 7.5 m and powerful pump for pumping dredging materials ashore make this vessel the perfect all-round solution.
The second new generation trailing suction hopper dredger will replace the ‘Orwell class’, with a hopper volume of 3,000-3,500 m³. Its design ensures optimized maintenance dredging works in shallow waters, with primary assets including a very limited maximum draught of 5.00-5.80 m corresponding with a hopper volume of 3,000-3,500 m³, excellent carrying capacity and, given the ship’s length of 77 m, a relatively large suction tube.
Earlier this year the DEME Group announced its order of two smaller green vessels, the self-propelled jack-up vessel ‘APOLLO’ and the multipurpose cable-laying ship ‘LIVING STONE’, which will both service the offshore energy market and are also equipped with ‘dual fuel’ main engines.