Keppel O&M hands over second LNG-fueled dredger to Van Oord

Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine has delivered the second out of three LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers to Dutch marine contractor Van Oord.

Named Vox Apolonia, the LNG-powered dredger has a hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic meters.

It is identical to the first dredger, Vox Ariane, delivered by Keppel O&M in April this year.

Keppel O&M said in a statement on Tuesday that the third dredger, Vox Alexia, is “on track” for delivery in 2023.

The company said that Vox Apolonia has 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, and five bottom doors.

In addition, the vessel has a total installed power of 14,500 kW and can accommodate 22 persons.

Van Oord said in a separate statement that it would now prepare Vox Apolonia to sail to the Netherlands, where it would perform dredging trials.

The Dutch firm plans to christen the LNG-powered dredger in March 2023 in Rotterdam.

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