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Investments & recycling

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 is 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 is that the engineering team paid special attention to the latest additions of our fleet. How can these vessels be most energy efficient? The design includes several features that will reduce fuel consumption, and consequently carbon emissions, by a considerable margin. The vessels are being equipped with innovative and sustainable systems and will obtain a Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation. Van Oord has designed the vessels in-house in cooperation with DEKC Maritime from the Netherlands.

The new vessels will be Dutch flagged. Currently Van Oord’s fleet consists of more than one hundred vessels with over twenty trailing suction hopper dredgers with a capacity from 1,000 m3 up to 38,000 m3. Van Oord operates these trailing suction hopper dredgers for a wide range of global activities, such as coastal protection, port construction, deepening waterways and land reclamation.

These state-of-the-art vessels will boost the mid-class section of our fleet of trailing suction hopper dredgers. By investing in these two hoppers, we’ll be gaining more experience using LNG as an alternative fuel in this category of dredging equipment.

Paul Verheul, COO
Paul Verheul, COO

Overview of investments

- Trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Amalia - operational 2019
- Trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Alexia - operational 2020
- Two trailing suction hopper dredgers with a hopper capacity of 10,500 m3 each. Both are fitted with an LNG installation - delivered in 2021

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In the past 6 years we have withdrawn 18 vessels from our fleet, some of which have been replaced by more efficient vessels with higher capacity.