China’s Xin Hai Xu sets sail

Xin Hai Xu. Credit: Jiangsu Haixin Shipping Heavy Industry Co

In April, the world’s largest non-self-propelled cutter suction dredger Xin Hai Xu went to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Belt and Road sailing ceremony held in Haimen, Jiangsu.
According to CCTV News on 2 April, Xin Hai Xu travelled to Saudi Arabia, Jubail, to help build two artificial islands and carry out dredging operations.

Xin Hai Xu has a total length of 138m, a total installed power of 26,100 kilowatts, a standard dredging capacity of 6,500m3 per hour, a maximum distance of more than 15km, and a maximum depth of 36m.

The vessel can dredge hard weathered rocks, coral reefs, and loose sand silt. He Yanping, director of the Ship Design Institute of the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Naval Architecture and Civil Engineering, said that it is equipped with three mud pumps, which can reach a flow rate of 20,000 m3 per hour.

Since 2002, Shanghai Jiaotong University has been involved with the design and research of large-scale cutter suction dredgers and the development of special dredging equipment with the support of China Communications Group, the Ministry of Transportation and Transportation, Jiangshuidao Bureau, China Railway Construction and Ports Corporation and large-scale dredging enterprises.