New dredger gets to work

Van Oord, one of the partners in the Team Van Oord JV, has taken delivery of the latest addition to its fleet, the self-propelled cutter suction dredger Artemis.

Artemis left its moorings in Rotterdam on 14 April to head for its first assignment in western France. Working under a contract with the Grand Port Maritime de la Rochelle, Artemis will be deepening the harbour basin and dredging a trench in the access channel to the harbour.

Artemis was built especially for dredging work on hard ground, and under this assignment approximately 500,000 cubic metres of very hard rock and clay will be dredged.

Artemis is a sister vessel to Athena, which was delivered at the end of 2011 and is currently successfully deployed on the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, Australia.

Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, said: “Our investment in two self-propelled cutter suction dredgers and two large backhoe dredgers has significantly bolstered our position in the dredging market.

“Building two similar ships will significantly improve the efficiency of our operations. This is in line with our strategy to have a very strong position in all segments of the dredging market.”

Described as a “robust and strong ship”, Artemis is 131.5 metres in length and 27.80 metres wide. It has a 1,000-millimetre diameter discharge pipe and a maximum dredging depth of 32.4 metres. The vessel’s total installed capacity is 24,650 kW and it has accommodation for 50 people.

Artemis’s hydraulically buffered spud carriage will enable it to continue to work even in poor weather conditions, and air springs installed under the deckhouse will minimise noise and vibration to enhance the work environment for the crew.

Van Oord’s new head office in Rotterdam, which opened in June 2012, includes sophisticated simulators which are used to train crews on the operation of cutter suction and hopper suction dredgers.

The simulators, which were part developed in house, show the outside view from the trailing suction hopper dredger, the cutter suction dredger, and the backhoe dredger.

They are used by Van Oord’s fleet crews in a training programme delivered by the Van Oord Academy, which provides a comprehensive suite of development and training programmes.

In November 2012, Van Oord scooped a prestigious award for its approach to training. Van Oord was named the Practical Training Company of 2012 by VTL, an organisation involved with training and development in the Dutch transport and logistics sector.
18 April 2013