A complete turn key dredging package was delivered to an African customer. The package included a CSD250 dredger with several options, a floating pipe line and a small boat. The complete kit fitted 5 40’ containers. As the order included training and spares as well, the dredger had an excellent start.
The Damen cutter suction dredger, type CSD250, will be used for cleaning irrigation channels. The standard dredger has been fitted out with a sun awning, navigation lights and a light propulsion unit. The dredger will work at max 6 m dredging depth and has a swing width of 22 m. The Damen dredge pump, type BP2320 has a mixture capacity of 1.000 m3/h, using piping with a 250 mm internal diameter. The total installed power is 254 kW, delivered by a Caterpiller C12 diesel engine.
The dredger has been fitted out with a light propulsion unit to enable it to work independently : it can sail without assistance to another jobsite. This independence is also shown by the delivery of a small boat : a simple row-boat with outboard engine enables the dredgers operators to arrive at the dredger each morning. With the dredger a complete spares set was delivered to make sure the operator can keep the dredger in good condition.
The CSD250 dredger weighs 30 tons and fits into 3 40’ open top containers. The floating pipe line, row-boat and spares were delivered in another 2 40’ open top containers. This manageable lot contained the full dredging package – the proof of the practicality of dismountable dredgers.
The crew was trained in the Netherlands in the operation and maintenance of the CSD250. The dredger has been commissioned by Damen field service engineers on location – giving the CSD250 an excellent start.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, August 10, 2012; Image: damen