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Royal IHC to build world’s largest cutter suction dredger for DEME

New Vessels // March 1, 2017

Spartacus will be a 44,180kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger.

Royal IHC has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 44,180kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger, to be named Spartacus, for DEME in Belgium.

The cutter suction dredger will be 164m long. The concept and basic design for the mega cutter was carried out by DEME, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam (a 100 per cent subsidiary of IHC) and IHC.

Spartacus will be the world’s first LNG-powered CSD and follows on from an order for the first LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers Minerva and Schedlt River, and the LNG-ready Bonny River, that are currently under construction at IHC’s shipyards. The four main diesel engines on the trailers can run on LNG, MDO and HFO, and the two auxiliary engines have dual-fuel technology. 

The environmentally-friendly cutter suction dredger will also have other innovations on board, such as a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gases to electrical energy.

The dredge control is arranged for a one-man operation. The vessel will have a heavy-duty cutter ladder and can reach a dredging depth of 45m. 

“We can state that this cutter suction dredger is the largest and most complex that IHC has ever built,” said IHC's CEO Dave Vander Heyde.

“This cutter suction dredger is going to be an important benchmark for the industry and a huge step toward limiting the environmental impact of our vessels,” said DEME’s Head of Construction and Conversion Jan Gabriel.

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