Mitsubishi to Build New Suez Canal Dredge
A VOSTA LMG representative said that the company’s good reputation as system supplier for the Vasco da Gama, was a factor in receiving this contract. The Vasco da Gama, a 33,000-cubic-meter hopper dredge, is the largest in the world.
The new vessel will be capable of dredging silt, mud, sand and gravel through two dragarms situated on both sides of the dredge. Discharge will be through conical bottoms valves in the bottom of the hopper. The ship will also be provided with a shore discharging system via bow coupling.
The new dredge will incorporate the newest control system and automated operation, which will result in significant saving on cost.
Beginning in autumn 2004, the dredge will be used by Suez Canal Authority for maintenance of the sea channel entries to the Suez Canal.