Royal IHC, a Dutch engineering group, inaugurated the largest cutter suction dredger in the world, named Spartacus, to be constructed for DEME, a Belgian dredging firm. The cutter suction dredger will be powered by LNG.
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Spartacus is the first LNG cutter suction dredger. The four main engines run on LNG, marine diesel oil and heavy fuel oil. The two auxiliary engines also incorporate dual-fuel technology. The 164-meter, self-propelled Spartacus has capacity of 44,180kW.
Moreover, the CSD combines specific high-tech design characteristics such as heat recovery system, a one-man operated dredge control and a heavy-duty cutter ladder that can reach a dredging depth of 45m.
According to Alain Bernard, Director and CEO of DEME, the new additions to the company’s fleet, as the CSD, are part of the attempts to improve environmental performance.
Previously, another partnership between IHC and DEME took place for the construction of the LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers Minerva and Scheldt River.