Willem van Rubroeck, Galileo Galilei ready for the next challenge

Two brand-new Jan De Nul vessels, the cutter suction dredger Willem van Rubroeck and the trailing suction hopper dredger Galileo Galilei, are getting ready for their next challenges.

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The brand-new dredger Willem van Rubroeck docked in the Port of Ghent yesterday evening.

This powerful cutter suction dredger, the largest in JDN fleet, has a total installed power of 40,975 kW, three dredging pumps of 8,500 kW each, a cutter capacity of 8,500 kW and an operational working depth up to 45 meters.

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The Willem van Rubroeck is built to dredge in very hard rocky soil. And thanks to her size, this vessel can cope with more difficult conditions, such as higher waves and more challenging weather conditions.

The Willem van Rubroeck left the shipyard Remontowa in Poland last week.

In the coming weeks, the vessel will be moored along the quay of JDN logistic hub in Zelzate, Port of Ghent, and prepared for her first assignment.

Trailing suction hopper dredger Galileo Galilei

After successful sea trials last week, the Chinese shipyard Cosco was able to deliver the trailing suction hopper dredger Galileo Galilei earlier this week.

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This dredger has a hopper capacity of 18,000 m³ and joins our medium-sized hopper dredgers.

A special feature of this vessel and unique in JDN hopper fleet is that she has two separated hoppers on board.

This allows the dredged material to be spread evenly over both hoppers, thus optimally controlling the load and the draught.