A new-generation “Anticoon” class dredger, currently being built by Royal IHC in the Netherlands on behalf of Belgium-based DEME Group, is to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines.
The vessel, named “Scheldt River”, will be the first ever dredger to operate on engines capable of utilising either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional marine fuels.
Wärtsilä will supply one 12-cylinder and one 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF engine, two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers and two transverse thrusters, as well as the company’s patented LNGPac gas supply and storage system.
“Environmental considerations are extremely important for every new vessel built today,” said Jan Gabriël, Head of New Building and Conversion Department at DEME. “Operating on LNG allows DEME to set new standards in minimising harmful emissions.”
The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in July.
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