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First Damen cutter suction dredger commissioned in Brazil

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Damen has delivered its first cutter suction dredger (CSD) 350 to be sold in Brazil.

During the challenging COVID-19 period, the dismountable dredger has been assembled and launched by the customer and commissioned on site with Damen assistance at the Vale Brucutu mine, in Minas Gerais, in the South East of Brazil. 

Brucutu mine is an iron ore exploration which has a capacity of 30m tonnes.

The CSD350 will be operated by Construtora Vale Verde, a well-established local company specialised in civil engineering works

The project consists of dredging 630,000 cu m of mine and industrial tailings from the dam area to its arms, in order to reallocate material closer to the dam and it is expected to finish in 9 months.

“We have named our new cutter dredger Amsterdam as we are impressed by the Dutch water management. Centuries ago canals were dug and dykes were constructed to ensure the local population could live safely. And still the Netherlands is a country of which a large part is under sea level – an incredible feat of civil engineering. Thus, we thought it would be apt to give our first dredger this name,” said Hugo Soares managing director of Construtora vale Verde.

In the meantime, the Amsterdam has started managing and cleaning the first industrial pond, thus contributing to a safer and cleaner local environment.

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