Van Oord took receipt of trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Máxima, built by IHC Dredgers bv, on 21 January 2010. This concludes a building period of more than two years after the cutting of the first steel plates in 2007. The vessel departed for Rotterdam, where it was put to work on the Maasvlakte 2 port expansion project.
With a hopper capacity of 31,200 m3, the Vox Máxima is the most recent addition to the Van Oord fleet and the biggest trailing suction hopper dredger ever built in the Netherlands. Its construction is part of a EUR 1 billion investment programme launched in 2007 and continuing to 2011. In addition to the Vox Máxima, Van Oord also lengthened its trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 318 and constructed two heavy-duty backhoes, two water-injection vessels, and a number of split hoppers and sand carriers. A flexible fallpipe vessel, split hoppers, sand carriers and a self-propelled cutter suction dredger are still under construction.
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