A customized Damen cutter suction dredger – type CSD500 – has arrived on site at Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq.
The dredger was named recently by her owner, Basra Gateway Terminal (BTG), at the Damen Dredging yard in the Netherlands.
Immediately after the ceremony, the dredger was made ready for transport and towed to Rotterdam, from where it was shipped to Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq. The dredger’s first job will be the port extension for Basra Gateway Terminal.
The blessing ceremony took place the 9th of January, when the stationary dredger received the name Ishtar – which translates as ‘Goddess of Love’.
Mr Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer, said: “We are proud to take delivery of our new cutter suction dredger. We have bought if from stock for short lead times, and have added a number of options, customising the CSD making it the perfect dredger for the job.”
“Our choice for this Damen CSD is due to the two separate diesel engines on board, being the main engine for the dredge pump power and the auxiliary for the rest of the duties. We see this as an important efficiency gain.”
The CSD500 will work on the extension project of the Basra Gateway Terminal, at the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq.
The terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has started an ambitious port enlargement project. This port expansion has now reached the second phase, starting on deepening of the container terminal using the CSD500 Ishtar.