TECHNOLOGY group Wärtsilä has been chosen by Dutch shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group to provide the main propulsion solutions for a large Marine Aggregate Dredger.

The dredger is being built for the UK company Hanson Aggregates, a supplier of heavy building materials for the construction industry.

An identically designed vessel from Damen, which is expected to begin operations within the coming few months, is also fitted with the same Wärtsilä solutions.

The scope includes two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers, and the Wärtsilä ProTouch bridge control system.

Wärtsilä is to prepare the engines for use with selective catalytic reduction technology to reduce emissions, making the vessel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations.

When in operation, the 103-metre dredger is expected to be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships of its type in service.


“Nothing says more about customer satisfaction than repeat orders, and we are delighted to have again been selected by Damen for the second dredger in this advanced new design series,” said Wärtsilä Marine account manager René Zuidam.

“Our experience and understanding of dredging operations is key to delivering solutions that provide the most efficient and sustainable performance.”

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in the early part of 2020.