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Keppel delivers LNG-powered dredger to Van Oord

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Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered its first dual-fuel Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) to Van Oord.

Named Vox Ariane, the high-specification dredger has a hopper capacity of 10,500 cu m and can run on LNG. Keppel O&M is also currently building two more identical dredgers for Van Oord, named Vox Apolonia and Vox Alexia.

 “We are pleased to deliver the first dual-fuel dredger built in Singapore to Van Oord. This is the sixth dredger delivered by Keppel O&M, extending our track record in the dredging industry,” said Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (Newbuilds) at Keppel O&M

Built to the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Tier III regulations, the Dutch-flagged Vox Ariane includes several features that considerably reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It is also equipped with sustainable systems and has obtained the Green Passport and Clean Ship Notation by Bureau Veritas.

“We are eager to welcome the Vox Ariane, the first LNG hopper dredger in our fleet. This dredger, which will boost the mid-class section of our fleet of TSHDs, exemplifies our commitment to make our fleet more economical and energy efficient,” commented aap de Jong, Director Ship Management Department of Van Oord.

“Keppel O&M has displayed professionalism and agility in navigating the challenges posed by Covid-19 to complete this quality dredger safely, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with the upcoming delivery of the next two dredgers.”