Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 23 March 2016 – In Bilbao, Spain, the keel was laid of the first of two trailing suction hopper dredgers under construction. Ms Carmen de la Barrera, Van Oord’s Quality Control inspector at the LaNaval yard, performed the ceremony. Underneath the first section, two euro coins were fixed: one with the portrait of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and one with the portrait of King Felipe VI of Spain. Both the Vox Amalia and its sister ship the Vox Alexia will be operational in 2017. The ships have a hopper capacity of approximately 18,000 m3.
A new subsea rock installation vessel also forms part of the current Van Oord investment programme. Recently, Van Oord’s fleet was extended to include three small cutter suction dredgers and one small trailing suction hopper dredger.
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