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Boskalis Unveils Cutting-Edge Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger for Sustainable Maritime Operations

In a groundbreaking development this week, Boskalis, a global leader in maritime and dredging solutions, initiated the construction of its new 31,000 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger at the Royal IHC yard. The steel cutting ceremony, led by Boskalis Board of Management member Theo Baartmans, symbolizes the commencement of the assembly of this state-of-the-art vessel.

This upcoming addition to Boskalis’ fleet is set to be one of their largest trailing suction hopper dredgers, boasting impressive features geared towards energy efficiency. The vessel will incorporate a full diesel-electric installation, utilizing Azipods™ for propulsion. These cutting-edge technologies, coupled with an optimized underwater hull design and advanced automation, are poised to significantly reduce fuel consumption.

Notably, the vessel is being primed for the use of (green) methanol as an alternative fuel source. Equipped with a methanol plant and onboard storage tanks, the dredger is adaptable to more sustainable options. The dual fuel main engines, with two-stage turbos, can operate on conventional fuels or eco-friendly alternatives like biodiesel and methanol, resulting in a substantial decrease in CO2 emissions.

Featuring a double suction pipe with underwater pumps and two discharge pumps boasting a combined discharge capacity of 15,000 kW, the trailing suction hopper dredger is designed for efficient dredging and material discharge over long distances to reclamation sites. This robust performance is anticipated to enhance overall dredging efficiency.

The unveiling of this vessel aligns with Boskalis’ commitment to sustainability and innovation. The new dredger is projected to be in service by mid-2026, signifying a significant stride towards a more sustainable future for Boskalis’ dredging fleet.

In summary, the steel cutting ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of a pioneering vessel that combines advanced design with technology, positioning Boskalis at the forefront of sustainable maritime operations.

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