Pancho is scheduled to go into service in March (Source: Jan de Nul)

Launch of Jan De Nul’s new dredger

Dredging group Jan De Nul Group launches its new water injection dredger, Pancho, at Neptune Marine shipyard in the Netherlands. The newbuilding is planned to be deployed mainly in the Argentine dredging market.

A water injection dredger is smaller than a trailing suction hopper dredger and can therefore be better deployed in ports and rivers where the work area is often smaller. In water injection dredging, water is injected under low pressure into the subsoil, causing the soil material to move. As per shipowner, this dredging technique is especially suitable for maintenance dredging in areas where sediments were recently deposited, or for moving fine sand over shorter distances.

Jan Van de Velde, Head of the Newbuilding Department at Jan De Nul Group, said: “The experience with our existing fleet of water injection dredgers taught us that there was a need for a more compact vessel to reach the smaller corners in ports and rivers. However, despite her compact character, the Pancho has a depth range of more than 20 metres! Perfect for maintenance dredging. We are looking forward to the further completion of this new dredger together with the Neptune Marine Shipyard, with the intention of taking the Pancho into service in March 2022.”

Meanwhile, Jan De Nul Group has ordered a second water injection dredger from Neptune Marine shipyard in the Netherlands. It will have the same dimensions and characteristics as Pancho.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore