Keppel to build LNG-powered dredger pair for Van Oord

Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Keppel Singmarine has been awarded a contract by Dutch dredging company Van Oord to build two LNG-powered dual-fuel dredgers.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020 and second quarter of 2012, while Van Oord also has an additional option available.

Jaap de Jong, staff director of the ship management department at Van Oord, commented: “We are pleased to work with Keppel on these modern and environmentally-friendly dredgers which will strengthen our mid-class dredger fleet as well as our presence in the region. Last month we already launched our first LNG powered crane vessel. The TSHDs will be the first LNG hopper dredgers in our fleet. We look forward to this partnership with Keppel as we adopt LNG as a marine fuel to reduce our global carbon footprint.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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