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‘Albatros’

Baggerbedrijf de Boer suction dredger ‘Albatros’ has hopper capacity increased at Damen Shiprepair Harlingen

Date
August 2015
Ship name
‘Albatros’
Ship type
Dredging
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Damen Shiprepair Harlingen
Tasks performed for this project
  • Conversion

The 2013-built ‘Albatros’, a trailing suction hopper dredger owned by Baggerbedrijf de Boer, was designed with a low hopper volume. During the first years of her service, it became apparent that an increase of hopper volume was required.

The solution was a conversion that would increase hopper capacity. The ‘Albatros’ arrived at Damen Shiprepair Harlingen on August 21, 2015 for conversion work to begin. In order to achieve the goal of increased hopper capacity, the hopper bulkheads had to be raised. This in turn meant other modifications were needed for practical functioning and in order to comply with class regulations.

The catwalk above the hopper had to be raised, along with the hopper overflow and the splash screen aft ship. One of the bulkheads in the hopper gangway had to be made watertight, resulting in changes to piping systems as well.

During the project, the vessel also underwent blasting and painting work at the yard’s recently acquired blast and painting shed. Upon completion of work on 6 October, the vessel left the yard fully compliant with the requirements of the client.

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