Van Oord’s backhoe dredger Goliath was christened at a ceremony conducted on 24 January 2009 at the Van Oord yard in Moerdijk, the Netherlands. The hydraulic dredger, type Backacter 1100 fitted, on a ponton with three spuds, is the largest hydraulic dredger in the world.
The Goliath was designed and built in the Netherlands and will be deployed in dredging operations in harbours and the offshore industry worldwide. Mrs. Lisette van Herwijnen, wife of Van Oord managing director John van Herwijnen, did the honours. The ceremony was attended by more than a thousand guests and Van Oord employees.
The Goliath can be equipped with a bucket of 25 to 40 m³ (similar to the size of an average student's lodgings) and can work at a dredging depth of up to 26 metres. It has a total installed power of 5,000 HP, comparable to fifty large automobiles.
Van Oord undertakes a major investment programme of more than EUR 800 million. The investment programme also includes construction of a second backhoe dredger, the largest trailing suction hopper dredger ever built in the Netherlands, the largest flexible fallpipe vessel in the world, a heavy-duty self-propelled cutter suction dredger, six 10,000 m³ sand transport barges and four self-propelled seagoing split barges with a hopper capacity of 2,500 m³ each.
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