FKAB Marin Design, Sweden, has just released a video about one of their latest designs, the Dredger NOSPER – No Split Engine Room.

After several years of designing for the dredging industry, where they have created both pure split hopper barges, trailer suction dredgers with bottom doors as well as split type, FKAB has developed something new that looks promising and will improve the split barges design both in building price as well as operation wise.

The idea behind the design, which was presented for the first time in late 2013, was to separate the engine room including deckhouse from the split hopper units.

With this approach, the vessel has one common single engine room with the deckhouse connected right above as for normal ships, free from the inclination of the split units.