Another Damen dredger ready for delivery to Argentina

Major Argentinian contractor Merco Vial S.A. is about to expend its fleet with a brand new Damen CSD650 cutter suction dredger.


The delivery of the CSD650 includes the supply of a matching booster station, enhancing the flexibility of the set-up immensely.

The new dredger is a customised stock vessel, tailored to Merco Vial’s requirements. The fit-for-purpose dredger will be delivered at a short lead time thanks to this approach.

The CSD650 is a dismountable dredger with a cutter power of 700 kW and a maximum dredging depth of -18m. The overall length exceeds 61m, resulting in an impressive swing width of 63m and ensuring an efficient operation due to the minimised time required to reposition the dredger.

The stationary dredger is equipped with a pump room, separate from the engine room. The in-board dredge pump has a mixture capacity of 7,000 m3/h. For Merco Vial S.A. a number of options were added such as anchor booms, a deck crane, a navigation mast and a production measurement system.

“We are honored to have been chosen by the leading contractor of Argentina, to be their new supplier of dredging equipment and related services, and proud to deliver on time so shortly after order,” said Damen Sales Manager Ezequiel Najmias.

“In South America, there are major developments in the infrastructure of all large ports and harbours. With the development of new ports and terminals and the deepening of existing ones, this CSD650 with its matching booster, will be an important contribution. Decisive factors for opting for the CSD650 are its robustness, its dismountable design enabling practical relocation and the efficiency of the dredger with its eminent pump and cutter capacity,” Mr Najmias added.

According to him, delivering the largest dredger of Damen standard CSD series to Argentina proves the strong preference of major operators of the region for Damen.

The CSD650, which has been named Felicitas, is ready for transport at the Damen Dredging Equipment yard in the Netherlands. It will be shipped to Argentina soon, together with a large set of spares.