Helios highlights Boskalis’ busy summer

Helios is Boskalis’ largest and most powerful ever cutter suction dredger
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Dutch dredging giant Royal Boskalis Westminster’s busy summer includes delivery of the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger it has ever developed, with the mega-cutter 'Helios' named and christened recently in the port of Rotterdam.

With a hull built at the Uljanik Shipyard at Pula in Croatia to a design by Royal IHC, the self-propelled Helios is 152m long with a beam of 28m and is able to dredge to depths of from 6m to 35m. With a total installed power of 23,684kW, a total pumping capacity of 15,600kW and maximum cutter power of 7,000kW, Helios is one of the most powerful cutter suction dredgers in the industry. The vessel was developed to dredge in extremely hard ground. The cutter ladder weighs 2.060 tonnes, making it the heaviest in the world.

The vessel can accommodate a crew of 45, enabling Helios to operate around the world in the most remote locations. Helios will be deployed for dredging activities related to the development of the port of Duqm in Oman.A sister vessl has been ordered and is expected to be commissioned in 2020.

Elsewhere, Boskalis has been awardd a contract by Ports of Stockholm to construct the quay wall for the new Stockholm Norvik Port in Sweden in a contract valued at some €60m. The project is to commence this autumn, with completion in the spring of 2020.

Stockholm Norvik Port, the new freight port for rolling goods and containers, will be constructed in Norvikudden, located 60km south of Stockholm. The port will have seven berths for container ships and ro-ro ferries. Boskalis will construct 1,100m of quay wall to a design by the Port of Stockholm. The depth of the qay wall will vary between 10.5m and 16.5m. Part of the quay wall will be constructed by installing heavy precast concrete elements, produced by Boskalis, with the assistance of a large crane.

Boskalis also executed land reclamation for the new Stockhom Norvik Port which were completed earlier this year. For this purpose around one million m3 of materials were dredged by a variety of dredging equipment.

Boskalis’ results for the first half of this year saw revenue of €1.09bn, net profits of €75.1 million and an order book standing at €3.25 billion.

In a mixed market picture, Boskalis’ Dredging and Inland Infrastructure division saw reasonable market volumes with further upward potential for utilisation rates. Both revenue and fleet utilisation increased, with large projects underway in Brazil, Indonesia and Oman contributing to the rise. The result was virtually stable, with continued margin pressure.

Boskalis CEO Peter Berdowski said: “Results in the first half of the year were in line with expectations. The results of the traditional dredging activities were stable, with higher fleet utilisation rates. The outlook is moderately positive given the volume of work in the market and an increase in the order book.” 

By Larz Bourne

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