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Successful naming and launch of Artemis

  • Press release

Rotterdam, 30 June 2012 - Van Oord's second large self-propelled cutter suction dredger, the Artemis, was named and launched at the IHC Merwede shipyard in Kinderdijk on 30 June 2012.

The naming ceremony was performed by Mrs A.B. van den Driest-Sorgdrager, wife of Mr C.J. van den Driest (chairman of Van Oord’s Supervisory Board). The vessel will be ready in the first half of 2013. The contract for the vessel’s design, construction and delivery was signed on 20 December 2010.


The name of the vessel, the Artemis, follows Van Oord’s tradition of naming its cutter suction dredgers after figures from Greek mythology. Artemis is the goddess of the hunt. One of the vessel’s exceptional features is its hydraulically buffered spud carriage, which will permit work to continue even in poor weather conditions. Van Oord and IHC Merwede worked together to ensure an ergonomically satisfactory design. For example, the entire accommodation section is mounted on air springs to minimise noise and vibrations in the accommodation.


‘Construction of the Artemis is in line with Van Oord’s strategy of operating in every single category of the dredging market,’ says Pieter van Oord, CEO. ‘By investing in two self-propelled cutter suction dredgers and two mammoth backhoe dredgers, Van Oord can take on any dredging project in hard soil.’

Sister vessel

The Artemis is a sister vessel to the Athena, which was delivered at the end of 2011. Since Van Oord took receipt of the Athena, it has deployed the large cutter suction dredger successfully on various projects. Construction of the two ships has been a major boost for the Dutch economy. 

Main features

Name: Artemis

Type: Self-propelled cutter suction dredger

Owner: Van Oord 

Shipyard: IHC Dredgers B.V.

Length: 131.5 m

Breadth: 27.80 m

Total power installed: 24,650 kW

Diameter of discharge pipe: 1,000 mm

Maximum dredging depth (50°): 25.8 m

Maximum dredging depth (60°): 32.4 m

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