Shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) on Wednesday (20 April) delivered the first dual-fuel Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD), built in Singapore, to Dutch contracting company Van Oord with no loss-time incidents.
Named Vox Ariane, the high-specification dredger has a hopper capacity of 10,500 m3 and can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel.
It is the sixth dredger built by Keppel O&M, and the first to be delivered to Van Oord. Keppel O&M is also currently building two more identical dredgers for Van Oord, named Vox Apolonia and Vox Alexia.
“We are pleased to deliver the first dual-fuel dredger built in Singapore to Van Oord. This is the sixth dredger delivered by Keppel O&M, extending our track record in the dredging industry. Through our partnership with Van Oord, we were able to overcome challenges posed by COVID-19 and deliver the vessel safely and efficiently,” said Mr Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds), Keppel O&M.
“LNG plays an important role in the clean energy transition. With in-depth expertise in LNG and engineering, as well as extensive experience in automated systems and electrical drives, Keppel O&M is able to provide holistic energy efficient and low carbon solutions for a wide range of new build vessels.”
Built to the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Tier III regulations, the Dutch flagged Vox Ariane includes several features that considerably reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It is also equipped with innovative and sustainable systems and has obtained the Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation by Bureau Veritas.
“We are eager to welcome the Vox Ariane, the first LNG hopper dredger in our fleet. This dredger, which will boost the mid-class section of our fleet of TSHDs, exemplifies our commitment to make our fleet more economical and energy efficient,” said Jaap de Jong, Director Ship Management Department of Van Oord.
“Keppel O&M has displayed professionalism and agility in navigating the challenges posed by COVID-19 to complete this quality dredger safely, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with the upcoming delivery of the next two dredgers.”
The Vox Ariane is equipped with a high degree of automation for its marine and dredging systems, as well as an onboard data acquisition and integrated control system to enhance efficiency and operational cost savings. The TSHD has one suction pipe with submerged e-driven dredge pump, two shore discharge dredge pumps, five bottom doors, a total installed power of 14,500 kW, and is able to accommodate 22 persons.
Photo credit: Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd
Published: 21 April, 2022
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