Damen Sends Dredging Tools to Australia


The Australian company, Waterway Constructions, has received a Damen DOP250 submersible dredge pump.

The company, based in Sydney, is a specialist maritime contractor that undertakes construction, maintenance and refurbishment of maritime structures throughout Australia.

Waterway Constructions owns one of the largest fleets of floating plant on the east coast of Australia including floating cranes, piling rigs and barges.

The DOP250 is a wear-resistant, submersible dredge pump, capable of moving 1,250 cubic metres of material per hour through a 250mm pipe. A wide range of easily interchangeable suction heads is available.

In 2014, Damen delivered a Crane Barge 3216 to Waterway Constructions, and this latest order is a welcome continuation of an established relationship.

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The first assignment for the DOP250 pump will be at a bulk liquids terminal at Mayfield, Newcastle, owned by Stolthaven Australia. There Stolthaven is developing a new wharf to allow for the berthing and mooring of vessels up to 100,000 tonnes DWT.

The wharf will provide a 270-metre long by 20-metre wide berth protruding from the existing sheet pile wall, and the project features a steel combi-pile wall including side walls and submerged wing walls.

Chris Hickey, Project Manager at Waterway Constructions Pty Ltd, said: “The DOP250 dredge pump has proven to be the perfect solution to the project’s dredge requirements, with the performance of the cutter unit particularly exceeding all expectations.

“The Damen dredge pump was easily fitted to the excavator and paired with Waterway’s hydraulic power pack has pumped the high concentration dredged material through the discharge pipe to the adjacent reclamation area with extremely high output and fuel efficiency.”

Fact File:  Waterway Constructions was established in 1993 and has grown to become one of the largest specialist maritime contractors in Australia.  The company undertakes the construction and maintenance of wharves, bridges and other maritime structures.

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