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  • 2018 March 27 14:02

    Basra Gataway Terminal takes delivery of new DamenCSD500

    Recently,a customised DAMEN Cutter Suction Dredger, type CSD500, has been named by her owner Basra Gateway terminal at the DAMEN Dredging yard in the Netherlands. Immediately after the ceremony, the dredger was made ready for transport and towed to Rotterdam, from where it was shipped to Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq. The dredger’s first job will be the port extension for Basra Gataway Terminal, the company announces in its press release.

    The blessing ceremony took place the 9th of January, when the stationary dredger received the name Ishtar – which translates as ‘Goddess of Love’. The owner, Basra Gataway Terminal (BGT),performed the honours. Mr Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer, said, “We are proud to take delivery of our new cutter suction dredger. We have bought if from stock for short lead times, and have added a number of options, customising the CSD making it the perfect dredger for the job. Our choice for this DAMEN CSD is due to the two separate diesel engines on board, being the main engine for the dredge pump power and the auxiliary for the rest of the duties. We see this as an important efficiency gain.”

    The CSD500 will work on the extension project of the Basra Gateway Terminal, at the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq. The terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has started an ambitious port enlargement project. This port expansion has now reached the second phase,starting on deepening of the container terminal using the CSD500 Ishtar.It total some 400 metres of quay wall will be added to the port capacity.

    Basra Gataway Terminal is supported by Dredge Maritime Consultancyfor the on-site project management and project execution.

    To maximise the production of the dredger, DAMEN added a spud carriage pontoon and anchor booms. Moreover, a fully equipped accommodation unit was placed under the operating cabin. The cutter ladder was extended for a max dredging depth of -16metres. To ensure immediate start up on site, the delivery includes a swivel hose as well as 400 metres of floating pipe line.

    Damen prepared the suction dredger for transport and arranged towage to Rotterdam. The spud carriage pontoon and the eight containerswith the pipe line followedseparately. The complete delivery from Rotterdam to Port of Umm Qasr is a good example of a complete turnkey package delivery of fully customised dredger with a minimal lead time.



    About DAMEN Dredging Equipment
    Damen Dredging Equipment is a specialised supplier of dredging equipment and dredging instrumentation & automation. Fully owned by DAMEN Shipyards Group and based in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, the company has over 75 years of experience in the construction of dredging equipment serving the worldwide dredging industry. The dredging tools are all built to specific customer requirements, making use of a wide range of standard equipment.

    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept DAMEN is able to guarantee consistent quality.

    Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, DAMEN vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

    Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

    For nearly all vessel types DAMEN offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. DAMEN also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

    Damen Shiprepair& Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.




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