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ROYAL IHC's SPARTACUS!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Royal IHC has launched Spartacus, a 44,180kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) designed and built for DEME. It is the world’s largest CSD and the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

As the first LNG-powered CSD in the world, the Spartacus sets a new benchmark in the industry. It also features several additional innovations, such as a waste heat recovery system, a one-man operated dredge control and a heavy-duty cutter ladder that can reach a dredging depth of 45m.

The newbuild is based on the extensive knowledge IHC and DEME acquired during the build of the LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredgers Minerva and the award-winning Scheldt River.

“DEME’s drive to innovate and focus on sustainability is reflected in the company’s multi-year fleet investment programme,” said Director and CEO of DEME Alain Bernard. “The new additions to the fleet are part of our continuous efforts to further increase efficiency, both in terms of production and environmental performance. Spartacus stands out because of her unrivalled power and high-tech features onboard. The CSD will drive new levels of performance and provide our customers with flexible solutions for dredging projects in even the most harsh and remote environments.”

Commenting on the milestone project, IHC’s CEO Dave Vander Heyde said: “IHC is known for its willingness to push boundaries to develop and produce high added-value equipment and vessels for our customers. The combination of power, size and innovation makes the Spartacus a perfect example of such a project. DEME was once the first dredging company to put a ‘jumbo’ dredger in the market which has led to a new generation of dredging vessels. As the Spartacus will soon be the world’s largest and most powerful LNG-powered CSD in operation, DEME will again have set a new standard in the market.”

Scheldt River picked up the KNVTS Ship of the Year award on the on 12 November. Like the smaller vessel Minerva, it is the world’s first dual-fuel TSHD capable of operation on LNG marine fuel. The design features several innovations including a hybrid dredge pump drive system in combination with improved Wärtsilä engine management to reduce the effect of load variations and stay within the critical limits of dual-fuel LNG engines.

For automation of the dredging process, Royal IHC developed the intelligent IHC ECO automation package, which results in high dredge performance. Additionally, fuel efficiency is achieved with two-speed propulsion, optimising fuel consumption in sailing and dredging conditions.

“All of these innovations made Scheldt River the first of a new generation of dual-fuel LNG hoppers, which positions our customer DEME at the forefront of the dredging industry,” said Vander Heyde.

“We are extremely proud to receive this award, which recognises the efforts of both Royal IHC and DEME in improving the environmental performance and reducing the carbon footprint of dredgers. Building the Scheldt River has been a challenging journey. This achievement is a great reward for all the hard work of everyone involved at IHC and DEME.”

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