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World’s first LNG-powered cutter suction dredger scheduled for 2019 delivery

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DEME Group has announced that the world’s first LNG-powered cutter suction dredger, Spartacus, is set to join the company’s fleet.

Spartacus will be constructed at Royal IHC in the Netherlands, and will be 164 m long. It will have a total installed capacity of 44.180 kW, and will be capable of cutting harder soils at faster speeds. This will mean that the dredger will not have to rely on dynamite and blasting. The vessel is scheduled for deliver in summer 2019, and will be the most powerful cutter suction dredger in the world.

The vessel will be able to dredge in waters of up to 45 m. This is compared to the current upper limit in the market of 35 m. It will also be capable of operating in remote locations where there is limited infrastructure.

Spartacus follows the order of the first LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers, Minerva and Scheldt River, and will have a Green Passport and Clean Design notation.

It will also feature a number of innovations, including a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gasses into electrical energy.

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