Keppel Singmarine, the shipbuilding arm of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), Wednesday secured contracts from international dredging and offshore contractor Van Oord to build two high-specification liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual fuelled Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHDs).
The Bureau Veritas classed dredgers are expected to be completed in 4Q 2020 and 2Q 2021 respectively. As part of the contracts, Van Oord has an option to order a third dredger to be exercised within one year.
“We are pleased to be awarded these contracts by our new partner Van Oord,” said Abu Bakar, Managing Director (Gas & Specialised Vessels), Keppel O&M.
“Keppel is currently constructing five other dredgers, and we are able to build on our experience and capabilities to meet Van Oord's needs. This new order for dredgers of high specifications attests to our strength as a specialised shipbuilder."
Jaap de Jong, Staff Director, Ship Management Department at Van Oord, was pleased with the development.
“We are pleased to work with Keppel on these modern and environmentally-friendly dredgers which will strengthen our mid-class dredger fleet as well as our presence in the region,” he replied.
“Last month we already launched our first LNG powered crane vessel. The TSHDs will be the first LNG hopper dredgers in our fleet. We look forward to this partnership with Keppel as we adopt LNG as a marine fuel to reduce our global carbon footprint.”
According to Van Oord, both hoppers qualify as Tier III vessels (IMO emission standards) and will be fitted with Dual Fuel engines. The design includes several features that will reduce fuel consumption, and consequently carbon emissions, by a “considerable margin”.
The vessels are being equipped with innovative and sustainable systems and will obtain a Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation. Van Oord has designed the vessels in-house in cooperation with DEKC Maritime from the Netherlands.
The new vessels will be Dutch flagged.
Photo credit: Van Oord
Published: 17 May, 2018
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