Van Oord Ship Management has taken delivery of its third dual-fuel trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) from Seatrium in Singapore. Vox Alexia, the final unit in a series of three dual-fuel LNG dredgers, has a hopper capacity of 10,500 m3 and is IMO Tier III compliant, built to Bureau Veritas (BV) class. The vessel is certified with BV Green Passport and Clean Ship, has an energy recovery climate control system, and advanced data analysis systems for sustainable and intelligent operation.
The TSHD is equipped with a suction pipe with an electrically driven submersible dredge pump, two land dredge pumps, five bottom doors, and a total installed power of 14,500 kW. It can accommodate 22 people and includes highly automated ship and dredger systems, onboard data acquisition, and an integrated control system to increase efficiency and save on operating costs.
Once delivered, Vox Alexia will depart from Singapore for further preliminary testing by the customer before starting service later this year. Prior to the three dredgers built for Van Oord, the Seatrium Group delivered five world-first EU Stage V TSHDs to Jan De Nul between 2019 and 2020, which meet stringent emissions standards and are capable of dredging at extremely low emissions levels.
The delivery of Vox Alexia follows the first and second newbuild dredgers, Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia, which were delivered in April and December 2022 respectively. The three dual-fuel LNG dredgers are part of Van Oord’s long-term investment strategy aimed at building a sustainable fleet to meet future dredging requirements.
Van Oord is a leading international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering, and offshore energy projects. The company has been actively seeking ways to reduce its environmental footprint by investing in sustainable solutions. The new Vox series of dual-fuel LNG dredgers will contribute to the company’s efforts to reduce emissions and promote sustainability in the maritime industry.
In conclusion, the delivery of Vox Alexia, the final unit in a series of three dual-fuel LNG dredgers, marks a significant achievement for Van Oord Ship Management and its long-term investment strategy aimed at building a sustainable fleet. The TSHD is equipped with advanced systems for sustainable and intelligent operation and meets stringent emissions standards. Its delivery follows the first and second newbuild dredgers, and the Seatrium Group’s previous delivery of five world-first EU Stage V TSHDs to Jan De Nul. Van Oord is actively working towards reducing its environmental footprint, and the new Vox series of dual-fuel LNG dredgers will contribute to its efforts.