• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

‘Spartacus’ – DEME’s most powerful CSD deploys to Egypt

spartacus dredger

DEME is reporting the delivery of its giant new cutter suction dredger, ‘Spartacus’, from Royal IHC and its imminent deployment to a project in Egypt.
The release said that the dredger sets a new benchmark in the global dredging market with groundbreaking, eco-friendly design, and countless innovations. ‘Spartacus’ is the world’s largest and most powerful self-propelled cutter suction dredge and the first able to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
With a total installed power of 44,180 kW, its production capacity and ability to cut hard soil are unmatched in the industry. The four main engines can run on Low Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil, Marine Diesel Oil, as well as LNG, and the two auxiliary engines have dual-fuel technology. The CSD also has a waste heat recovery system that converts the heat from the engines’ exhaust gases into electrical energy.
The heavy cutter ladder, able to be controlled and operated from the bridge by a single person, can operate up to a dredging depth of 45m.
At Abu Qir Egypt, ‘Spartacus’ will join many of DEME’s trailing suction hopper dredgers in the largest dredging and land reclamation project ever in DEME’s history – a vast greenfield project including the reclamation of 1,000 hectares of new land, the deepening of the port’s approach channel to 23m and the dredging of a turning basin to 22m. Total quantity is expected to exceed 150 million m3.
Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO DEME Group, said that: “‘Spartacus’ not only sets new standards in the dredging sector, this extraordinary vessel highlights DEME’s continual drive to pioneer, innovate and create opportunities. This willingness to keep pushing the boundaries and invest in our fleet, means that projects that were unfeasible before are now possible with ‘Spartacus’.”
Gerben Eggink, CEO Royal IHC commented that: “‘Spartacus’ has been one of the most challenging projects Royal IHC has ever undertaken. Now that it has been completed and we can hand over the ‘Spartacus’ to DEME, we are very proud of this ship.”