On December 22 2016, Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with the Netherlands-based dredging company Heuvelman Ibis to assist in the operations of a canal dredging project.
The delivery consists of a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 350 and 2 Booster Stations (BS) 350. Heuvelman Ibis will initially put the dredger to use on the planned canal dredging project, set to take place in the province of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands.
For undertaking the dredging project, which covers the extraction of approximately 220,000m3 of sediment from the Winschoterdiep canal, the client selected a Damen CSD 350. This heavy duty dredger design is a standardised vessel that Damen builds in series and keeps on stock in order to ensure a fast delivery.
Although the CSD 350 is a series built dredger, there are a number of options available to suit individual client requirements, such as the inclusion of a spud carriage system and anchor booms.
Reflecting on the contract, Erik Stuut, MD of Heuvelman Ibis, said: “Having worked with Damen on several occasions in the past we have every confidence in their capabilities, not only to deliver us a reliable vessel, but also to deliver ongoing service and assistance.”
Vincent de Maat, Damen Sales Manager, said: “We are very proud to be delivering this vessel to Heuvelman Ibis. We are looking forward to working on making this dredger to the client’s exact requirements and to continuing our excellent relationship with them following the handover in Q2 2017.”