IHC Dredging has sold a Beagle 4, a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) with a hopper volume of 4000 m3, to contractor Gebr. van der Lee. The Dutch family business was looking for a sustainable TSHD available on short term.
The Beagle 4 is a trailing suction hopper dredger from the series of “standard” medium-sized hoppers from IHC Dredging, which are equipped with the latest innovations and state-of-the-art dredging equipment.
For Gebr. van der Lee, active in the Dutch dredging market, the ecological footprint of the trailing suction hopper dredger was an important selection criterion.
Eddy van der Lee, general director of Gebr. van der Lee: ‘Rijkswaterstaat, the client of many Dutch dredging projects, focuses on the use of cleaner dredgers. That is why we wanted to be convinced that the new trailing suction hopper dredger scores well on the environmental cost indicator, a critical success factor for winning tenders. IHC Dredging has succeeded in doing that.’
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The Beagle 4 is not only known for its excellent dredging performance. It has an optimised hull shape for the lowest resistance possible and is also equipped with a well-balanced efficient engine room. This combination results in best-in-class fuel efficiency with adequate low greenhouse gas emissions. Together with an exhaust gas treatment, the Beagle 4 meets the IMO Tier III emission standards.
‘This order is a textbook example of supply and demand coming together at the right time,’ says Ronald van Son, Director Dredging Custom Vessels at IHC Dredging. ‘The technical specifications and short delivery time of the Beagle 4 perfectly matched the wishes of Gebr. van der Lee. We are extremely proud of this collaboration and the fact that this Beagle 4, which was built entirely in the Netherlands, will also be working in the Netherlands.’
IHC Beagle series
The Beagle series is based on a proven design of trailing suction hopper dredgers with a hopper volume ranging from 4000 to 12,000 m3. The Beagle is designed for a wide range of dredging activities and is known for its high efficiency and maximum uptime.
Picture: Trailing suction hopper dredger Beagle 4.