Italdraghe, Italy’s leading dredging equipment builder, has had an extremely busy year. During 2014 it has seen increased sales of its popular range of BD dredging heads for excavators which have been put to use not only in river, lake and coastal projects but in mining applications, particularly in South America.
In early spring, Italdraghe commissioned an SGT 250 cutter suction dredger for the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy. The vessel was assembled and successfully launched in the port of town Gorgora, on Lake Tana.
Also in spring, Italdraghe sold a BD 250 excavator dredging head to a long-established Italian dredging contractor working on a beach replenishment project at the mouth of the Tagliamento River in northern Italy.
Another BD 200 dredging head was shipped to a gold mining company in Guyana, South America, for river gold dredging. This was supplied as part of a complete package of dredging equipment including a new-build cutter suction dredger, booster station and several motorpump units.
Later on in the year another complete set of dredging equipment was delivered to a diamond mining company operating in Mali, consisting of a PD 200 cutter suction dredger and supporting self-propelled dredging unit fitted with a BD 150 dredging head.
Both machines are working in tandem on extracting diamonds from a river.
A BD 150 was purchased by a Dutch company to be used for small scale dredging works narrow canals and a new SGT 150 dredger was delivered to a small fishing harbour, Donna Lucata, near Ragusa in Sicily.
Commissioned onsite by Italdraghe technicians and complete with dredging pipeline and floats, the cutter dredger comes within a turnkey package contract awarded to Italdraghe last year.
2014 has seen a particular increase in demand for equipment for the precious mineral extraction from South America and Italdraghe has responded by increasing the number of small dredging and mining units exported and also by working with its local dealers to ensure that end users are guaranteed immediate availability of spares on-site.
Italdraghe’s healthy order book for the rest of 2014 and start of 2015 includes confirmed orders for a significant number of both standard and highly-customised dredgers for Italy, the Middle East and Asia.