Vale Verde opts for Damen again

Brazilian company Constructora Vale Verde has placed a repeat order for a cutter suction dredger type CSD350 with Damen Shipyards.

This dredger is a sister vessel to the dredger Amsterdam, delivered in 2019.

The new CSD350 for Vale Verde will be named Holanda and is identical to the Amsterdam; a fully dismountable, stationary dredger fitted out for one-man operation that has been working successfully in tailing ponds in one of the mining regions of Brazil.

The tailings are being removed from industrial storage basins and reintroduced into the main process, thereby reducing pressure on the environment.

Damen photo

“The CSD350 is perfect for the job, with a max. dredging depth of -9m and an dredge production of some 2,000 m3/h, while being compact enough to be transported by road following dismounting,” Damen said.

The managing director of Constructora Vale Verde, Mr. Hugo Soares, visited the Damen Dredging yard recently to inspect the new dredger himself.

He said: “It is great being on board of our second CSD350. As with the first one, I am impressed by the quality and the workmanship. This dredger will be customised with several items including a deck crane, a wedge piece and a swivel, all intended to optimize operations. This will make it perfect for its first job alongside its sister in Brazil.”

The dredger will be delivered from the stock building programme and transported to Brazil shortly.

Photo: Damen