Xeamos completes several after-treatment projects for Van Oord

Xeamos recently completed a wide range of after-treatment projects for vessels in the Van Oord Nederland fleet.

Photo courtesy of Xeamos

They include no less than nine complete systems on the trailing suction hopper dredger Rival designed to substantially reduce its NOx and particulate matter emissions.

Leveraging on a Dutch government subsidy scheme aimed at increasing the sustainability of inland shipping, Van Oord Nederland set out to install exhaust gas after-treatment on various vessels in its fleet.

“The scheme is very interesting for the inland dredging sector in which Van Oord operates,” said Xeamos technical director Alwin de Kock. “The Environmental Cost Indicator (ECI) plays a major role in tenders: the lower the environmental impact of one’s activities, the lower the ECI, and a low ECI is beneficial for tender submissions. This means that after-treatment costs can be recovered relatively quickly and the government has clearly set a good example with its subsidy scheme.”

Projects were realised on various dredging and/or crane vessels from Van Oord, including Leendert Sr, MS Parcival, Weert and Anna Catharina.

“The Rival project was extra special,” commented Haiko Theunisse, project manager at Xeamos. “We built in nine separate systems for the propulsion, generators and pumps. As the onboard space was limited we had to be creative, making adjustments to the foredeck and deckhouse to integrate the silencers. We fitted them into the funnels and built extra casings.”

The after-treatment projects were carried out at Holland Shipyard Group.