With the delivery of the ‘Peter’ last Thursday, the fleet of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf de Boer) now has the world’s most sustainable bed leveller.
The 22.4-meter-long vessel complies not only with the strict IMO Tier 3 standard for the emission of harmful substances in shipping but also with the Euro Stage 5 standard for emissions in inland shipping.
John Nieuwenhuijse, the manager of New Building at Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging, said that there was a lot of fiddling and fitting but, in the end, the two 550 hp Scania main engines were fitted out with after-treatment systems to clean exhaust gases.
“We installed a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) in the exhaust that converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) into water vapor and nitrogen. We also have diesel particulate filters (DPF) to reduce soot emissions. So we can now cater to the increasing demand from clients for low-emission vessels,” said John Nieuwenhuijse.
With the installation of these systems, the dredging company is taking pre-emptive steps to comply with the legislation that IMO Tier 3 and Euro Stage 5 will only make compulsory in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Peter also has a Green Passport from the International Maritime Organization.
The Peter is an even more advanced version of the sister ship Kees jr. The multifunctional bed leveller and tugboat is 7 meters wide and it has a draught of 2.80 meters. The vessel was built by Hoekman Shipbuilding in Urk and it has been fitted with, among other things, a multibeam and single beam so that the bed can be fully mapped out in three dimensions.
The Peter is the fifth bed leveller in the Dutch Dredging fleet, which now has the Kees jr. working in Hamburg.