Netherlands-based C-Job Naval Architects has completed the basic design package of a large trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock company (GLDD). The 105m-long vessel is to be built by Conrad Shipyard, which has five shipyards in Lousiana and Texas, and will have an installed power of 12.3MW and a hopper capacity of 4,970m3.
The Jones Act vessel, which will undertake beach nourishing and channel maintenance tasks, will have a hydrodynamically optimised hull and is designed with no ballast requirement to reduce investment and operating costs. Construction of the dredger, due to be commissioned in 2023 and manned by American mariners, will create 150 shipyard jobs.
GLDD chief executive officer and president, Lasse Petterson, commented on the new design. “As the leader in the US dredging industry, Great Lakes continues to strategically invest in its dredging fleet. This highly automated newbuild vessel will increase the capabilities of our hopper fleet in the coastal protection and maintenance markets, as well addressing specific needs in the growing offshore wind market. We are proud to utilise American-engineered and built engines, dredge pumps, technology and dredging installations to create a highly efficient and productive vessel to meet our nation’s maritime infrastructure needs.”
C-Job has a strong record in dredging, offshore wind, passenger vessels and superyachts. The company prides itself on working closely with clients throughout the design process to ensure new, innovative, and sustainable results.