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DEME holds naming ceremony for LNG-powered dredger

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DEME has announced that it has held the naming ceremony for its latest newbuild – the Minerva.

The 3500 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger is the world’s first dredging vessel to feature dual-fuel engines and be capable of operating in LNG mode. It has a ‘Green Passport’ and ‘Clean Design’ notation, complying with – and exceeding – stringent international emission requirements.

The naming ceremony was held in the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. The vessel was named by Marijke Verboven, the wife of Mr Ben Weyts, the Flemish Minister of mobility, public works, Flemish periphery, tourism and animal welfare. During the ceremony, DEME also presented the Mellina – a gravel dredger that will be deployed by a subsidiary of the company, DEME Building Materials.

The Minerva was constructed at Royal IHC’s shipyard in the Netherlands, and is part of the company’s multi-year fleet investment programme, focused on further increasing efficiency, both in terms of productivity and environmental performance.

The Head of DEME’s Technical Department, Bart Verboomen, said: “We operate in an industry where our customers invest in a green energy supply and implement measures to limit the impact of their operations on the environment. It is a logical step for DEME to make the transition to cleaner types of fuel such as LNG to meet customer requirements and to comply with changing legislation and emission reduction targets.”

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