HAM 318 Arrives to Work on Port Klang Deepening and Widening Project
On the deck of the HAM 318 are, from left, Capt. Hisham Hashim of IMW, Capt. David Padman of the Port Klang Authority and the Eastern Dredging Association; Abdul Rahim of the Malaysian Ministry of Transport, and Capt. Conelius Collens, captain of the Ham 318. The visitors stayed on the dredge for the three-hour round trip to the placement site, five nautical miles away, where the dredge discharged its load through bottom doors.
The dragarm is raised on the HAM 318 as the dredge heads for the offshore material placement site with a full hopper. Ships are visible on the horizon in the Straits of Malacca just outside the Port Klang entrance.
The HAM 318, owned by Van Oord ACZ, is working in the Port Klang (Malaysia) South Channel deepening project. The dredge is 225 meters in length with a hopper capacity of 37,000 cubic meters. Photos courtesy of David Padman.
IMW is deepening the channel from the existing depth of 15.5 meters to a new depth of 16.5 meters, and increasing the width from the existing 365 meters to 500 meters.
The expansion will enable the largest super post-Panamax container vessels with drafts exceeding 15 meters to pass safely in the eight-kilometer-long channel.
IMW, who has the concession for all major dredging works in Malaysian Ports, began the project in mid-July using their dredges Inai Siantan and Inai Selasih. In mid-August, the trailing suction hopper dredge Ham 318 was brought in to work on the project, and on August 18, Capt. David Padman of the Port Klang Authority, who is Secretary General of the Eastern Dredging Association, and Abdul Rahim of the Malaysian Ministry of Transport took a 20-minute boat trip out to the dredge to get a feel for the operation of what is probably the largest hopper dredge in the world.
The project involves dredging approximately 6,200,000 cubic meters, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The HAM 318 belongs to Van Oord ACZ, and was lengthened in 2008 to increase its hopper capacity to 37,000 cubic meters from its original 23,700 cubic meters, with 28,636 kW of installed power. The suction pipes are fitted with submerged dredge pumps, allowing a maximum dredging depth of 110 meters at full extension. The hopper is emptied through bottom doors.
IMW is a subsidiary of Inai Kiara Snd. Bhd. of Malaysia, and with Van Oord ACZ has formed IMWD – IMW Dredging.