29 April 2010
Spud poles fitted to Sinohydro beavers
Thursday 15 April 2010 was another important day for the IHC Beaver® 9029C cutter suction dredgers, ZHONG GUO SHUI DIAN J08 and ZHONG GUO SHUI DIAN J09. The new vessels have been designed by IHC Beaver Dredgers BV and built at IHC Merwede’s shipyards in The Netherlands for one of the group's large Chinese customers, Sinohydro.
Uniquely, the two identical ships were named and launched simultaneously on 24 March this year. The J08’s ceremony was held at IHC Merwede’s shipyard in Sliedrecht, while the J09 was launched at the group’s facility in Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
In the past few weeks, the cutter ladders, spud carriers and accommodation have been fitted to the vessels. On 15 April, the spud poles were hoisted up – these are used to anchor and advance the cutter suction dredgers. With the placement of the spud poles, the last large components are on-board and the dredgers will now be commissioned.
The cutter suction dredgers are capable of high productivity for relatively low operational costs. They can dredge down to a depth of 29 meters for several different types of soil in the toughest working conditions. Sinohydro has invested heavily in this type of custom-built vessel for the execution of major dredging projects, such as the expansion of the Port of Karachi (Pakistan's largest and busiest seaport). The first of these cutter suction dredgers will leave for its first working destination in August.