Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has celebrated the launch of its giant cutter suction dredger Spartacus at the Royal IHC shipyard in Krimpen aan den Ijssel in the Netherlands.
With a total installed capacity of 44,180 kW, Spartacus is the most powerful and environmental friendly cutter suction dredger (CSD) that has ever been built.
Spartacus is the world’s largest and the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The four main engines can run on LNG, marine diesel oil (MDO) and heavy fuel oil (HFO). The two auxiliary engines also incorporate dual-fuel technology. Wärtsilä Corporation has been contracted to supply a comprehensive package of engines and propulsion machinery.
IHC and DEME acquired extensive knowledge during the build of LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers Minerva and Scheldt River. This know-how was invaluable throughout the construction of the CSD.
“The new additions to the fleet are part of our continuous efforts to further increase efficiency, both in terms of production and environmental performance,” says Alain Bernard, Director and CEO of DEME. “Spartacus stands out because of her unrivalled power and high-tech features on board. The CSD will drive new levels of performance and will provide our customers with flexible solutions for dredging projects in even the most harsh and remote environments.”