Dutch dredgers for Azerbaijan

07 Feb 2012
Cutter suction dredgers alongside quay in Baku

Cutter suction dredgers alongside quay in Baku

Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has recently delivered three CSD 500 cutter suction dredgers to the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) in Azerbaijan, to be used for flood protection work on the Kura river.

The CSDs will be used to clean-up, deepen and maintain the Kura River water system. The three vessels come from a successful and long-standing series of cutter suction dredgers designed according to the Damen principles of standardisation and continuous research and development. They can work up to a maximum dredging depth of 14m and are able to pump 4.000m3/h of water/soil mixture. They are powered by Caterpillar 3512B main engines with Cat 3406 auxiliaries.

Various options enhance dredging efficiency, safety and comfortable working conditions for the vessel’s crew, including day and night accommodation, anchor booms and spud carriage pontoons. A full communication package, dredge pump performance monitoring instrumentation and a position visualisation Navguard system are installed in the operating cabin. In addition, Damen will supply basic spare parts and training for the crew and dredge masters.

Damen says that due to its philosophy of series production and delivery from stock it was possible to build, outfit, deliver and commission all three dredgers within six months after the contract became effective.

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