Singapore-based shipyard Keppel Singmarine has won a S$100m ($73.6m) contract to build three trailing suction hopper dredger vessels (TSHD) for Jan De Nul.
The first two dredgers are expected to be completed in late 2018, the shipyard’s parent company Keppel Corp said today.
Belgium-based Jan De Nul has six months to exercise its option for the third dredger.
All the dredgers will be built to Jan De Nul’s own design and will be able to dredge to a maximum depth of 27.6 metres.
Each will have hopper capacity of 3,500 cbm for the dredged material, which for TSHCs is usually loose and soft soils like sand, gravel, silt or clay.
“We need such compact dredgers for maintenance work, for coastal restoration and for a variety of land reclamation work around the world,” said Robby De Backer, director of Jan De Nul’s newbuilding department.