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Milestone: launch of Vox Amalia

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 30 March 2017 – Van Oord’s new trailing suction hopper dredger, the Vox Amalia, has been successfully launched at the LaNaval shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. This vessel is the first of two new midsize trailing suction hopper dredgers for Van Oord. Its twin, the Vox Alexia, will be completed early next year.

The vessels contribute to the further modernisation of Van Oord’s fleet and therefore mark the start of a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers. The focus is on energy efficiency to reduce carbon footprint and to build them according the latest technical specifications. The dredgers have a hopper volume of approximately 18,000 cubic metres and are equipped with two suction pipes with submerged e-driven dredge pumps, two shore discharge dredge pumps, and six bottom doors. Each vessel is 158 metres by 36 metres and can accommodate 38 persons. The order for the ships is in line with Van Oord’s continuous investment programme.

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