Dredger of the month: Meuse River

Dredger Meuse River. Credit: Bert Visser

DEME’s Meuse River and Boskalis’ Krios were both launched late in 2019, and both vessels are repeat orders following the success of 2017-built models

Two large dredgers were launched in the fourth quarter of 2019 at Royal IHC shipyards in the Netherlands. Both are sister vessels of dredgers built by Royal IHC for two different companies in 2017.

Boskalis’ self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD), Krios, sister to Helios, was launched at a low-profile event at IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk on 1 October 2019. No ceremony was held because it was just a technical launch and Boskalis plans to have an official naming event when Krios is completed. Both Helios and Krios have a total installed power of 23,700 kW.

The following month saw the official launch and naming ceremony of the 7,950 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), Meuse River, on 16 November. It will join DEME Group’s fleet in April 2020 as sister vessel to the successful 2017-built Scheldt River. The launch ceremony took place at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den Ijssel.

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