Newbuild Lesse is the ninth hopper in the fleet of dredging company Baggerbedrijf de Boer/Dutch Dredging, and it just arrived in French Guiana, where it will take part in a maintenance dredging and deepening project at the ports of Cayenne and Kourou.
“The ship is designed for maintenance dredging and land reclamation projects and can be used worldwide,” explained Kees van de Graaf, director of Baggerbedrijf de Boer/Dutch Dredging.
The maintenance dredging and towage services at Cayenne and Kourou are a joint venture between Baggerbedrijf de Boer and Iskes Towage & Salvage. “When required, our trailing suction hopper dredger Elbe sails to Cayenne for extra dredging works, but this time our newly built Lesse is going to the Dégrad des Cannes at the port of Cayenne,” said a company official.
The low draught and high manoeuvrability make the vessel especially suitable for this job, considering the high currents and intense levels of siltation. “The job, where some of our other vessels are active as well, is a long-term contract that began in 2016,” the official added.