Dredge Yard, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of dredging and mining equipment, took part at the “Dredging in India” conference, held in Mumbai from 3-4 September 2014, and presented its new model, the ECO200 dredger.
At the event, the company’s Operations Manager, Michel Debo introduced a compact and economic cutter suction dredger, the ECO200. The vessel was designed by Dredge Yard’s engineers by using the latest CAD technologies, FEA analysis, CFD analysis. The main aim of the company was to make an economic dredger that is low cost at initial acquiring and in daily use as well as robust and efficient in design.
This dredger will offer many benefits to operators like an underwater dredge pump placed on the front part of the ladder which will allow the dredger to handle higher dredge mixture and high volume of mixture flow. The complete ECO200 is transportable by standard closed top 40 feet containers, the complete spud assembly together with its hydraulic cylinders is able to be tilted on its pontoon.
This allows the dredger to be towed easier under very low bridges and other obstacles. For the drive of all components being the dredge pump, cutter head, winches and spud cylinders, one hydraulic power pack is provided on the central platform.
Lastly, the ECO200 will feature the cutter head with replaceable teeth what is unusual for this size of dredgers in the market. Dredge Yard will offer strong support, onsite assisting end users with their projects, training if required, maintenance and transport. All spare parts will be available on stock ready for shipment at any time to prevent downtime of the dredger and delays in the project.
“The aim of the design was to make an economic dredger that is low cost at initial acquiring and in daily use,” concluded Manish Jangir, Design Engineer.