Published: 2019-10-04

Damen celebrates keel-laying of new dredging vessel

Shipping Damen celebrates keel-laying of new dredging vessel

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Galati hosted a celebration marking the keel-laying of a Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500 for Hanson UK

The MAD is a new design from Damen that can dredge material at depths of up to -55 metres. Hanson, who specialize in marine dredged sand and gravel production, will operate its vessel in the English Channel and the North Sea.

The MAD 3500 will be constructed at the Galati yard, while the modular dredge system will be provided by Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk, the Netherlands. Hanson's MAD 3500 will feature a dry unloading system from PLM Cranes.

Joppe Neijens, Sales Manager, Damen, said, "Safety is of extreme importance for both our companies and will, therefore, be a robust priority throughout the construction of this vessel and beyond. We have implemented the Governance of Risks and Incidents Programme (GRIP), which sets the standards for health, safety and the environment for the Damen Group (…). Safety onboard is of critical importance and we have taken steps to incorporate this throughout the vessel – including application of operational ergonomics in systems and the installation of all dredge pipes above deck. (…)."

Sam Willis, CEO, Hanson UK, also commented, "Damen share our approach in placing safety at the heart of all its activity and it's been impressive to see this in action at the Galati yard. We look forward to welcoming the new addition to our Hanson Aggregate Marine fleet in 2021."

The photo shows four coins - a Romanian lei, a British pound, a Dutch guilder and a euro - traditionally embedded in the keel.

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