Italian based civil contractor SOMIT s.r.l. has awarded a contract to HollandMT and FKAB for the engineering of a Dredge-X150SP. This is a self-propelled pontoon suitable for a Liebherr 984 excavator able to dredge on -18m water depths.
The hull is designed according to Bureau Veritas rules as a heavy welded construction with a double hull, bottom, sides and a reinforced main deck to carry stones, rocks, etc. In the aft of the vessel an engine room is situated, comprising the main machinery.
The propulsion plant consists of a double shaft arrangement and each is driven by means of a Cummins engine (KTA19M3). A hydraulic powered bow thruster is fitted for easy maneuvering and positioning on the job. Through a Power-take-off, one of main propulsion engines provides the onboard hydraulic power for the spud hoisting/lowering system, mooring- , anchor- winches and bow thruster.
During dredging operations, the 3 spuds will allow the pontoon to lift up approximately 0.5 m, providing a stable platform for dredging as well as for loading barges.
On the aftdeck, accommodation is provided for 6 persons, including a galley and messroom. On top of the accommodation a wheelhouse is positioned for transit voyage and as well as for monitoring dredge operations . With the acquisition of this vessel, SOMIT will further strengthen it’s position as a versatile maritime contractor along the coastal regions of Italy.
Founded in the mid 20th century, Italian based SOMIT started as a transport company for sand and inert material from the Po- and Adige-rivers to the southern coast of Veneto region, along the northern and central Adriatic coast.
Little by little, SOMIT started operating in the dredging and maritime fields carrying out hydraulic works. In the early ‘90’s, the name changed to SOMIT s.r.l. and since then SOMIT has been working exclusively in the field of maritime and hydraulic operations. SOMIT is certified in accordance with the ISO 9001/9002 and is working to obtain ISO 12001 certificate to reduce environmental damage. The longtime experience of SOMIT in working throughout Italy and the high quality of maritime and land equipment that is used, makes SOMIT a very reliable partner for coastal construction and dredging works.
Dutch based HollandMT is an engineering and contracting company specialized in supply of dredge engineering packages, as well as in supply of custom designed dredger equipment and parts. HollandMT closely cooperates with fabrication partners in Europe, China and other leading shipbuilding countries.
Swedish based FKAB is a marine engineering company specialized in design of specialized cargo vessel, tankers, coastal ferries and RoRo’s, special purpose ships and dredgers. FKAB’s head office is based in Uddevall (Sweden) from which it also manages its engineering office in Shanghai (China).
Source: HollandMT, June 9, 2010