GLDD’s new hopper dredge Galveston Island hits the water

Conrad Shipyard has launched the first of two 6,500-cubic-yard-capacity hopper dredges for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation.

Following the last week’s launch, the Galveston Island is now undergoing completion works prior to sea trials and delivery to the owners.

One of the companies that took part in this project, Matecs BV has provided us with the photo of the newubild.

Specialized in dredging equipment, Matecs delivered all dredge valves and PU Jet nozzle’s for the hopper dredger Galvestone Island. The company has also secured order for the sistership which should be ready for delivery in the first half of 2025.

Once complete and ready for the operations, TSHD Galvestone Island will be equipped with two 800mm suction pipes and will dredge at depths of up to 100 feet, with principal dimensions of approximately 346 feet in length, 69 feet in breadth and 23 feet in depth and total installed horse power of 16,500.

She will be equipped with a direct high power pump-ashore installation, dredging system automation, dynamic positioning and tracking, US EPA Tier IV compliant engines, and additional features designed to minimize the impact of its dredging process on the environment.

According to GLDD, the new hopper dredge is expected to be ready for operations in the first half of 2023.

Photo: Matecs BV