The technology group Wärtsilä will provide the engines, propellers, and control system for a new, large-size hopper dredger being built by the Netherlands-based shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group.
The vessel has been ordered by Cemex UK, a leading supplier of building materials. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in March.
Wärtsilä will prepare the engines ready for use with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions, making the vessel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations.
When delivered to future owner, the Cemex UK, the 103-meter long, 4975 gross tonnage dredger will be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships of its type in operation.
Olivier Marcus, Product Manager Dredging at Damen, commented: “Wärtsilä were a logical choice for us to work with for the Marine Aggregate Dredger. Their reputation for quality and reliability is combined with a long-standing relationship with our client, Cemex. We are very pleased to be working together towards the delivery of the first Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger.”
Wärtsilä’s full scope of supply includes two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä 4D775 controllable pitch propellers (CPP), and the Wärtsilä ProTouch control system.
The Wärtsilä 26 engine is widely used in the dredger market, while the 4D775 CPP is a new and advanced offering. The Wärtsilä ProTouch system is a state-of-the-art response to market demands for a modern, compact control device.
The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard commencing at the end of 2018. The ship is expected to begin operations in the North Sea during the latter part of 2019.