In its fifth edition of FOCUS magazine, Jan De Nul Group has covered an interesting topic “Exploring new dredging limits with Willem van Rubroeck“.
The story shows how Jan De Nul is once again pushing the limits by taking big steps forward in terms of size of scale, weather resistance and power.
Until recently, J.F.J. De Nul was the largest cutter suction dredger in the company’s fleet, but Willem van Rubroeck can now boast this title. The new cutter has more cabins, a longer cutter ladder and a larger total installed power.
Thanks to the unique and innovative adjustments, the Willem van Rubroeck now can dredge on higher swells and on harder subsoil.
Its maiden dredging project took place in Mauritania and immediately proved the added value of the new features on a turbulent Atlantic Ocean. In the Port of Nouakchott, the vessel worked for developer ARISE Mauritania to deepen the access channel, the port basin and the newly constructed berth alongside for the Nouakchott Container Terminal.
There, the vessel was immediately thrown to the lions and her capabilities were put to the test, which she passed with flying colours.