Jan De Nul Group signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Limited for the construction of a next generation trailing suction hopper dredger. The vessel is a plug-in hybrid specifically designed to operate in small harbours.

With its 79 metres hull length, the new vessel will be the smallest of Jan De Nul’s hopper fleet. It has a hopper capacity of 2000 cubic metres. The present contract is for one vessel, with a delivery period of 24 months for the first ship, having an option to construct a second sister vessel.

‘It’s a small hopper with big capabilities,’ says Jan Van De Velde, director new building at Jan De Nul Group. ‘Tailor-made to perform in small harbours, agile and flexible. With very big ambitions in the field of durability. As a DC hybrid plug-in, the vessel is highly innovative, with a big potential to reduce our carbon footprint. Another added value to our versatile fleet.’

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Custom made for small harbours

The new vessel is custom made to operate in small harbours in highly populated areas, like marinas for example. It is highly manoeuvrable, very low in emissions and is almost silent. It will be constructed by one of India’s premier shipbuilders, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).

Mr B K Upadhyay, CMD at GSL: ‘So far, GSL has exported defence platforms to various countries and has emerged as the largest exporter of defence platforms from India. This prestigious deal with a European client is a significant step to diversify ourselves into the global commercial shipbuilding market.’

Picture: The Tristão da Cunha, one of Jan De Nul’s recent trailing hopper suction dredger with a capacity of 3.500m², also equipped with Ultra Low Emission vessel (ULEv) technology (by Jan De Nul).

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