DEME Group’s giant LNG-powered dredger Spartacus has left the Royal IHC shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel on its way to Maasvlakte 2 for further commissioning. It is the world’s most powerful cutter suction dredger to date. Royal IHC has released a time lapse video of its journey.
The 44,18-kW Spartacus is also the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The four main engines can run on LNG, marine diesel oil (MDO) and heavy fuel oil (HFO). The two auxiliary engines also incorporate dual-fuel technology.
The Spartacus features several additional innovations, such as a waste heat recovery system, a one-man operated dredge control and a heavy-duty cutter ladder that can reach a dredging depth of 45 metres. The ship was launched at the yard in November 2018.