ZWIJNDRECHT, Belgium – Royal IHC has delivered the cutter suction dredger Spartacus to DEME.
The Spartacus is said to be the world’s largest self-propelled cutter suction dredger and the first to be powered by LNG.
The dredger has 44,180 kW of installed power. The four main engines can run on low sulphur heavy fuel oil or marine diesel oil, as well as LNG, and the two auxiliary engines have dual-fuel technology. It also has a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gases into electrical energy.
The heavy cutter ladder, able to be controlled and operated from the bridge by one person, can operate up to a dredging depth of 45 m (148 ft).
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The Spartacus will set sail for its first assignment in Abu Qir, Egypt, which is the largest dredging and land reclamation project in DEME’s history. This greenfield project includes the reclamation of 1,000 hectares of new land, the deepening of the port’s approach channel to 23 m (75 ft), and the dredging of a turning basin to 22 m (72 ft). DEME said it expects to dredge more than 150 MMcm (5.2 bcf) during the project.