Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) in Egypt to build a trailing suction hopper dredge. The 122-meter-long vessel is the largest dredge ever built in Japan and will have a hopper capacity of 10000 cubic meters. The dredge will be built at MHI’s Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works in Japan and will be completed in June 2004. MHI Kobe has contracted VOSTA LMG for engineering support component supply and automation system for the 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 33000-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.