Two New Vessels Join Dutch Dredging Fleet

Dutch Dredging welcomed two new vessels to its fleet last week during the naming ceremonies for the Papillon and the Fregate.

Both vessels will go to work in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana, reported the company.

The newcomers were delivered to Boer Remorquage SARL, a joint venture involving Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage & Salvage. The investment is a response to the twelve-year contract that the consortium signed in 2016 with the Grand Port Maritime de Guyane.

In addition to maintenance dredging work, both vessels will be used to assist shipping and as standby and fire-fighting vessels in emergencies.

These two vessels are the result of exceptional teamwork. Our client had very specific requirements for the vessels, such as the combination of very limited draught and length with adequate bollard pull,” said Hugo van de Graaf, co-director of Dutch Dredging. “Thanks to the professionalism of both our companies, all those things were achieved during the design process.

Hybrid drive 

The Fregate is the more unusual of the two. The 29.2-meter-long vessel is not only a dredger (with the AIRSET water and air pressure method) and tug at the same time, it has also been fitted out with a hybrid drive, allowing it to sail on electricity. The Fregate is a Damen WID-Tug-2915-HYBRID built by the Polish yard SAFE in Gdansk.

Shallow draught

The Papillon is the smaller of the two. The tug is 22.7 meters long (212 gross tonnage) and it was completed earlier this year by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in line with French regulations. The ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught: 3.1 meters) will mainly be used for assistance in Kourou.

 

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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