Wärtsilä propulsion package for Damen hopper dredger
Damen Shipyards Group has selected Wärtsilä to provide the main propulsion solutions for a large hopper dredger. The propulsion package scope includes engines, propellers and a bridge control system. The order with Wärtsilä was signed in May 2019. The Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500-design dredger is being built for Hanson Aggregates, a leading UK supplier to the construction industry, at Damen's Galaţi shipyard in Romania.
The order marks a second order for a Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) propulsion solution for Wärtsilä. An identically designed vessel from Damen, which is expected to begin operations within the coming few months, is also fitted with the same Wärtsilä solutions.
The scope includes two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers (CPP) and a Wärtsilä ProTouch bridge control system. Wärtsilä will prepare the engines ready for use with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions, making the vessel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations.
The 103-metre long dredger will be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships of its type in service.
“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.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in the early part of 2020.
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