Damen shipyards launch new marine aggregate dredger

Damen MAD3500. Credit: Damen Shipyards

A 103.5 m MAD 3500 dredger, named CEMEX Go Innovation, was launched on 1 August 2019 at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania.

The first of a new generation of efficient and economical dredgers specialising in the extraction of sand and gravel from the seabed, represents the start of a new era for an aggregates industry that is faced with an aging fleet of vessels, and an increased focus on marine activity.

The MAD 3500 has a hopper capacity of 3,500 m³. Additional features of the vessel, intended to maximise productivity and minimise maintenance, include seakeeping for both crew comfort and all-weather operability, and an enclosed bow to protect deck equipment and reduce green water ingress into the cargo hold.

All the dredge pipes are situated above main deck level for safety as well as easy inspection and crane reach, and the modular construction of the Damen designed and built dredge systems ensures quick and easy replacement of worn parts on the piping and screening installation.

The MAD concept as a whole has been designed around the need for 21st century vessels that can deliver safety, efficiency, minimal environmental impact and crew comfort. At the same time, they must achieve maximum uptime in a work environment that places great stresses on a vessel and its equipment.

Following its launch, the MAD 3500 will complete its fitting out with commissioning due to begin at the end of the year, followed by delivery in the early spring of 2020.