Damen has shipped a Cutter Suction Dredge (CSD) 350, to Brazil. The standard dredge was adapted to meet Brazilian Naval requirements and received additional options requested by the customer, Constutora Vale Verde. Options included a non-return valve in the discharge pipeline, a wedge piece for shallow water dredging, Damen remote monitoring system and a navigation package.
The CSD350 has been designed to dredge inland waters at a dredging depth between -1 meter (-3.3 feet) and -9 meter (-29.6 feet) water depth. It is fitted with a 55 kW cutter head for breaking up compacted soils, and the in-board dredge pump is powered by a 447 kW diesel engine. For transport purposes, the dredge can be fully dismounted.
The dredge left Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, on five trucks – one for the main pontoon, one for both side pontoons and spuds together, one for the suction ladder and one for the separate container shipping, the operating cabin and various smaller items such as the navigation mast.
The dredge arrived in Brazil at the end of October, where it will be assembled by Damen, Vale Verde and local agent Endratech engineers.