3D view of the future HYDROMER dredger (Source: Piriou)

Piriou inks deal to construct high-performance dredger

French yard Piriou has an order for a 70m-long dredger with hydrogen-assisted power from French local Government authority Occitanie Region.

A hydrogen fuel cell will be used for power when the vessel is at anchor or in port, saving up to 20% of normal fuel costs. Equipped with IMO 3 engines, the dredger meets the latest environmental standards.

Designed in collaboration with naval architects LMG Marin, the 2,110dwt vessel with crew accommodation for 14 persons will be based in Sète in south France and be used for harbour maintenance. It will have a capacity of 1,500cu.m to transport sediments. It will also be fitted with a sling to collect sand at a depth up to 32m and will have a front unloading device used to place sand on beaches.

The contract was awarded after more than a year and a half of international competition and the vessel is due to be delivered in the third quarter of 2023.

Vincent Faujour, PIRIOU group C.E.O. declares: “In obtaining this new contract we are happy we won the trust of a new Region, the Occitanie Region of south France and for them we will realize an innovative and complex vessel able to answer the requirements of very demanding operating conditions and optimum comfort for its crew.”

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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