Van Oord Orders Third Suction Hopper Dredging Fleet
Van Oord has decided to use the option of ordering a third trailing suction hopper dredger at Keppel FELS Limited. The vessel is similar to the two vessels that Van Oord ordered in May 2018. Each one has a length of 138 meters and 28 meters across the beam with a hopper capacity of approximately 10,500 cubic meters.
This investment is part of a broader fleet renewal program in the Dredging business unit. Existing vessels will replace the new hoppers and fit in with Van Oord’s aim of making its fleet state-of-the-art and more energy efficient. For example, the climate control system onboard will utilize the vessel’s existing cooling and heating sources to recycle energy as efficiently as possible. Another innovative factor is the extensive degree of automation. The automated systems will be more advanced than ever before, and integrated vessel data is easily being processed by a shore support center.
Each vessel will be equipped with a suction pipe with submerged e-driven dredge pump, two shore discharge dredge pumps, five bottom doors, and a total installed power of 14,500 kW. They can accommodate 22 persons. The vessels will obtain a Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation. The first two vessels, Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia, will be delivered in 2021. The third vessel will be delivered in 2022.