We are engaged in a major investment programme. We took delivery of our new, innovative flexible fallpipe vessel Bravenes in late 2017 in China. The vessel will be commissioned during the course of 2018.
The fleet is being improved in close cooperation with specialists within Van Oord. They are heavily involved in the building process and they are always looking for new ways to innovate. A fine example of our innovative strength is the in-house development of two new trailing suction hopper dredgers. They paid close attention to the energy management of both the vessel and the dredging process. This will result in a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The vessels will be fitted with various innovative and sustainable systems and will have a Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation.
Construction began in 2017 on crane vessel Werkendam for Paans Van Oord. This new addition will be the first LNG-powered vessel in our fleet. We expect LNG to become an important fuel. The autumn of 2017 saw the start of a major upgrade of the Aeolus, our offshore installation vessel. It is now equipped to handle the latest generation of offshore wind turbines.
Overview of investments
- LNG-powered crane vessel Werkendam - operational 2018
- Subsea rock installation vessel Bravenes - operational 2018
- Trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Amalia - operational 2018
- Trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Alexia - operational 2019
Sustainable vessel recycling
Vessels which have become obsolete for technical, economic, or commercial reasons, or which no longer meet statutory and regulatory requirements are carefully dismantled. The dismantling and recycling activities are performed in accordance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Vessels.
In the past 6 years we have withdrawn 18 vessels from our fleet, some of which have been replaced by more efficient vessels with higher capacity.