Last Saturday on 14 July 2012, the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger ‘Bartolomeu Dias’ was launched at Uljanik shipyard in Pula (Croatia). The ‘Bartolomeu Dias’ is a sister vessel of the ‘Pedro Álvares Cabral’ that was launched in the beginning of this year.
After the successful investments between 2007 and 2011 amounting to more than 2 billion Euros, Jan De Nul Group decided to add 3 more vessels to the fleet. These two Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers with a hopper capacity of 14,000 m³ each and the fallpipe and mining vessel ‘Joseph Plateau’ that will be launched on 3 August 2012 at the shipyard Construcciones Navales del Norte near Bilbao in Spain.
Technical details of ‘Bartolomeu Dias’ and ‘Pedro Álvares Cabral’
Hopper capacity 14,000 m³
Deadweight 22,500 ton
Length o.a. 147.8 m
Breadth 30.0 m
Draught loaded 10.00 m
Maximum dredging depth 43.8 / 52 m
Suction pipe diameter 1,300 mm
Pump power (trailing) 4,000 kW
Pump power (discharging) 8,500 kW
Propulsion power 2 x 7,200 kW
Total installed diesel power 15,960 kW
Speed 15.3 kn
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, July 16, 2012; Images: uljanik