Innovative conversion for de Cloedt
The trailing suction hopper dredger 'DC Brugge' has been delivered by Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman of Zwijndredcht in the Netherlands to Group de Cloedt.
The converted vessel is the result of close cooperation between the Kooiman Marine Group and Group de Cloedt, which is updating its fleet of dredgers. DC Brugge features a hopper volume of 2,450 m3 and replaces the 43 year old 1,680 m3 capacity Interballast 1 in de Cloedt’s granulate dredging fleet. With a sailing area mainly comprising the Western Schedldt and the Belgian and Dutch coasts, DC Brugge will be used to load inland hopper barges and stock the depots of Group de Cloedt.
The basis of DC Brugge is the body of the former coaster DC Eems of Group de Cloedt. In close cooperation with Group de Cloedt, Kooiman Marine Group was responsible for all the engineering and modification of the vessel. The joinery and electrical installation were also designed and supplied by Kooiman Marine Group.
The vessel’s two hoppers can be loaded and unloaded separately, enabling two different types of sand to be transported. The dredger installation is fitted with a height adjustable screener so that different sand qualities can be carefully sorted.
The vessel can unload its cargo in three ways; dry, wet, and by dumping. It is equipped with a grab discharger installation; using a hydraulic crane with grab the cargo can be unloaded via a conveyor belt which has a reach of 30m outside the vessel. With this installation, DC Brugge can unload its cargo independently. For wet cargo, such as for loading inland hopper barges, the vessel is equipped with a loading spout. It also features bottom hatches and a jet water system which allows for dumping.
The use of two built-in telescopic spud poles means that mooring buoys are not required. In combination with its unloading installation, DC Brugge can thus unload in a wide variety of locations.
Old accommodation on the former vessel has been replaced by a brand new wheelhouse which can accommodate an eight man crew. The new bridge is equipped with the latest electronics and offers excellent visibility around the vessel.
In commissioning DC Brugge, Group de Cloedt has responded to rising demand for sand winning across the region it serves.
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