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Keppel O&M delivers the first dual-fuel dredger in Singapore

Apr 20, 2022

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has delivered the first dual-fuel Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) built in Singapore to Van Oord with no loss-time incidents.

Named Vox Ariane, the high-specification dredger has a hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic meters and can run on LNG. It is the sixth dredger built by Keppel O&M, and the first to be delivered to Van Oord. Keppel O&M is also currently building two more identical dredgers for Van Oord, named Vox Apolonia and Vox Alexia.

Mr Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds), Keppel O&M, said, “We are pleased to deliver the first dual-fuel dredger built in Singapore to Van Oord. This is the sixth dredger delivered by Keppel O&M, extending our track record in the dredging industry. Through our partnership with Van Oord, we were able to overcome challenges posed by COVID-19 and deliver the vessel safely and efficiently.

“LNG plays an important role in the clean energy transition. With in-depth expertise in LNG and engineering, as well as extensive experience in automated systems and electrical drives, Keppel O&M is able to provide holistic energy efficient and low carbon solutions for a wide range of new build vessels.”

Built to the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Tier III regulations, the Dutch flagged Vox Ariane includes several features that considerably reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It is also equipped with innovative and sustainable systems and has obtained the Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation by Bureau Veritas.

Mr. Jaap de Jong, Director Ship Management Department of Van Oord, said, “We are eager to welcome the Vox Ariane, the first LNG hopper dredger in our fleet. This dredger, which will boost the mid-class section of our fleet of TSHDs, exemplifies our commitment to make our fleet more economical and energy efficient. Keppel O&M has displayed professionalism and agility in navigating the challenges posed by COVID-19 to complete this quality dredger safely, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with the upcoming delivery of the next two dredgers.”

The state-of-the-art Vox Ariane is equipped with a high degree of automation for its marine and dredging systems, as well as an onboard data acquisition and integrated control system to enhance efficiency and operational cost savings. The TSHD has one suction pipe with submerged e-driven dredge pump, two shore discharge dredge pumps, five bottom doors, a total installed power of 14,500 kW, and is able to accommodate 22 persons.

Image caption: Van Oord’s new trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Alexia was launched in Singapore. Vox Alexia is one of the three LNG trailing suction hopper dredgers that are currently being built at Keppel Offshore & Marine’s shipyard in Singapore​​​. Credit Van Oord