The first locally made dredger in Argentina is shaping up nicely, Damen said.
The SPI Servicios Portuarios yard in Mar del Plata is busy manufacturing all pontoons. The DOP Dredger component package has been delivered by Damen.
The dredger, type DD250, is a standard dismountable dredger. This piece of equipment has been designed to remove silt or sand from -2.5m to -15m dredging depth. It pumps some 1.250 m3/h using a Ø250 mm pipe line.
The total installed power is 395kW.
According to Damen, this DOP Dredger DD250 will be used to dredge underneath a floating dock which is to be kept operational at all times.
The dredger will be able to work in two configurations: with a cutter head targeting compacted soils and with a jet water assisted mining head for easy pumping away loosened bulk sediment.
The Argentinian ship builder SPI has an extensive yard in the bay of Mar del Plata, located on the South Atlantic Ocean.
Beside the newbuild of tugs, fishing vessels and barges, the yard also has a repair division. The 150 metre floating dock is in use round-the-clock for repairing local vessels.
The DOP Dredger will be the first locally built dredger in Argentinian history.