Damen Shipyards Group unveiled its first Electric Cutter Suction Dredger (ECSD) 650. The electric motors power the dredge with zero emissions. The electric power also provides a significant reduction in noise. The company said this makes it well suited for projects in densely populated and environmentally sensitive areas.
The ECSD is a modular dredge, based on Damen’s standardized shipbuilding philosophy, dismountable for transportation and easy assembly in the remotest of locations. Due to the standardization of the design, Damen was able to quickly produce this sustainable product, simply exchanging the diesel motors for electric ones, without need for re-engineering. Damen said standardization further ensures the easy adaption of the ECSD to suit local power supplies.