Neptune launches new dredger for PD Ports

Earlier this week, Dutch shipbuilder Neptune Marine launched their first in-house designed diesel – ELECTRIC dredger Emerald Duchess for PD Ports.

Photos courtesy of Sidi de Kok/Neptune Marine

The 2.000m3 TSHD has been designed and built to an exacting specification to ensure it can carry out its tasks on the Tees to the highest environmental and safety standards.

Also, the new vessel has been ‘future-proofed’ with a number of bespoke design features that will eventually allow carbon neutral operations.

Fitted with an innovative intelligent power management system, the Emerald Duchess can swap between power from a battery pack equivalent to 10 Tesla cars and fuel made from hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), also known as renewable diesel.

The 71m long Emerald Duchess will replace the Cleveland County, which had served the Tees under PD Ports’ conservancy team for 50 years.