Cutter Suction Dredger 350 delivered to Heuvelman Ibis

Canals, Inland Waterways, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Technical, Technology — By on May 1, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Damen Cutter Suction Dredger 350 (

Just 3 months from order to delivery

A Damen Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 350 has been delivered from Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, to start work on a canal dredging assignment in the province of Groningen, in the north of the country. In order to execute the project, which involves the extraction of approximately 220,000m³ of sediment from the Winschoterdiep canal, the Netherlands-based marine contractor Heuvelman Ibis required a heavy-duty dredger at short notice. Two Damen BS 350 booster stations to enable pumping over long distances were also included in the order, placed in January.

Prior to delivery a number of options were added to the CSD 350 so as to optimise it for the project. These included a spud carriage pontoon to further boost production, and also the addition of anchor booms to allow  unassisted repositioning. A complete production measurement system has also been installed. The result is a compact, highly efficient and accurate dredging machine. These options have not previously been offered on a CSD 350, but having been developed for this order will now become standard options for future clients.

The dredger was towed to Delfzijl, a journey taking 48 hours, to await deployment while the booster stations were transported by road. Final assembly took a week, followed by a few days of testing, after which the dredger was fully operational.

The fulfilment of the order, including designing and installing the options, and general finishing, took just 3 months. “The advantages to clients of Damen’s policies of standardised production and holding popular vessels in stock ready for customisation and finishing have once again been amply demonstrated,” said Damen Sales Manager Vincent de Maat. “With a CSD 350 dredger available at short notice, we were able to work with Heuvelman Ibis to help them have exactly the vessel they needed to meet the needs of their own customers, within the required timeframe. We are very proud to have another CSD 350 dredger working in the Netherlands.”

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

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