Wärtsilä was chosen to provide engines, propellers and control system for a new, large-size hopper dredge being built by the Netherlands-based shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group. The 103-meter (338-foot), 4,975 gross ton dredge was ordered by Cemex UK.
The engines will be built with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions and ensure the vessel is compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations.
Wärtsilä is providing two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä 4D775 controllable pitch propellers (CPP), and the Wärtsilä ProTouch control system. The Wärtsilä 26 engine has been in use in the dredge market, while the 4D775 CPP is a new and advanced product. The Wärtsilä ProTouch system is a modern, compact control device. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard at the end of 2018. The ship is expected to start work in the North Sea during the latter part of 2019.