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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

The 2000m3 hopper dredger 'Beloe More' was recently delivered from stock to Russian owner Rosmorport.

The vessel was built at the Damen Yichang Shipyard, China, where it was being held in stock. After final customisation details, the dredger sailed to its first job rounding Sakhalin, then through the Bering Strait using the Northern Sea Route. The route requires escort by an ice breaker, being well above the polar circle.

The 84m long dredger is equipped with a 600mm trailing pipe for operating at depths up to 25m, and is fitted out for maintenance jobs as well as capital dredging jobs. Its discharging equipment includes not only a row of bottom doors, but also a bow coupling unit and a rainbow nozzle. The 13-person crew can monitor their job precisely using the Damen Dredge Monitoring system. The speed of the dredger in loaded condition is 11.4 knots. For working under extreme circumstances, the Beloe More is being built under Ice Class and has acquired the classification of RMRS. The adaptations include structural elements such as the reinforced hull, as well as insulation and heating of the accommodation, hopper corridors and voids and winterisation of all deck equipment to avoid freezing.

The Beloe More - meaning ‘White Sea’ in Russian - recently joined its sister vessel Severnaya Dvina in the Port of Sabetta, northern Russia. This is not the first vessel Damen has delivered to Rosmorport. Vadim Akimov, Damen Sales Director, explained: “Rosmorport is the Russian enterprise responsible for the accessibility of all major Russian sea ports. Their fleet already comprises a number of Damen vessels including one identical 2,000 m3 hopper dredger, three slightly smaller 1,000m3 hopper dredgers, one cutter suction dredger CSD 650 as well as a number of utility vessels such as tugs, Multi Cats and a Shoalbuster.”

At present the Beloe More and Severnaya Dvina are deepening the access channel to the port of Sabetta, a recently created harbour to accommodate transport of the vast reserves of LNG and crude oil from the area. Due to the location in Northern Siberia the harbour is only accessible for three to four months every year – hence the hurry for the new dredger to arrive.

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