CSD Willem van Rubroeck ready for the next challenge

Just before Christmas, Jan De Nul’s cutter suction dredger Willem van Rubroeck passed the first tests at sea.

Today, this giant left the Remontowa shipyard in Poland.

“Our new cutter suction dredger Willem van Rubroeck with a total installed power of 40,975 kW is ready for the next challenge,” said Jan De Nul in their latest announcement.

Jan De Nul photo

JDN’s newest and biggest CSD was launched in August 2017 at the shipyard Uljanik in Croatia.

The handover of the Willem van Rubroeck was planned for autumn 2018, but the construction and delivery of the vessel was delayed due to the reorganization and, later, bankruptcy of the Croatian shipyard.

In 2020, the vessel was taken to Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, where she was finally finished.

The powerful lady is 151.3 meters long and has an installed power of 40,975 kW.

The vessel disposes of two retractable thrusters with a total power of 6,000 kW and three dredging pumps with a total power of 25,500 kW, of which two located in the pump room and one in the cutter ladder.

CSD Willem van Rubroeck has a cutter power of 8,500kW and is able to dredge compact sand, clay and rocks up to 45 m deep. The operation, controlled from a central station, is almost completely automated.

The CSD also has a high standard accommodation for 67 crew members.

Photo: Jan De Nul