Damen Shipyards Selects Wärtsilä To Provide Another Environmentally Sustainable Dredger
Again Wärtsilä, the technology group, has been selected by the Netherlands-based shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group for providing the main propulsion solutions for a large Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD). The dredger is being built for the U.K. company Hanson Aggregates, a leading supplier of heavy building materials for the construction industry. In May 2019, the order with Wärtsilä was signed.
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Damen has an identically designed vessel which is also fitted with the same Wärtsilä solutions and is expected to begin operations within the coming few months. The scope includes two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers (CPP), and the Wärtsilä ProTouch bridge control system. The engines for use will be prepared by Wärtsilä. The engines will be built with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions and will make the vessel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations. The 103-meter long dredger will be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships of its type in service when it will come under operation.
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“Nothing says more about customer satisfaction than repeat orders, and we are delighted to have again been selected by Damen for the second dredger in this advanced new design series. We have worked with Damen for many years and together we have established a strong working relationship. Our experience and understanding of dredging operations is key to delivering solutions that provide the most efficient and sustainable performance,” says René Zuidam, Account Manager, Wärtsilä Marine.
In the early months of 2020, The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard.