LNG driven grab hopper dredger Werkendam at work in the port of Rotterdam

Werkendam Botlek. Credit: Bert Visser

After the LNG driven trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Ecodelta, which started its operations by the end of 2018, it is now the turn of the second LNG dredger, the grab hopper dredger (GHD) Werkendam, to start its first project in the port of Rotterdam.

In the second week of May, the 700 m3 dredger started dredging operations in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam.

The Werkendam is owned by Van Oord subsidiary Paans Van Oord, which commissioned the dredger recently.

With respect to a traditional diesel driven dredger, the Werkendam causes emissions with 80% less fine particles and 70% less nitrogen oxides (NOx). The dredger is powered by three MAN Rollo engines of 476 kW that run on 100% LNG.

On its rear deck, the vessel has a 37 m3 tank for the storage of LNG. It is equipped wit an electric crane of the type Mteck 425E, which has been manufactured by Mteck from Stellendam (The Netherlands).

The Werkendam has been co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility.