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Tuesday, February 4, 2020 

Damen Shipyards has supplied a Damen Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 650 ARM 'Laguna Morelos' (ADR-19), which will be operated by the Mexican Navy, for dredging, depth maintenance and land reclamation projects in the Gulf of Mexico; the first project being the dredging of the River Grijalba.

“This is the first Dutch dredger delivered to Mexico in years and we are very proud to be part of that by delivering it to our very valued customer Secretaría de Marina – Armada de México, especially because we know that this dredger will contribute to the growth of the southeastern region of Mexico,” said Horacio Delgado, Damen commercial manager for Mexico.

Damen’s philosophy of standardised shipbuilding of series vessels for stock, meant that the stationary dredger was available when the Mexican Navy placed its orderin 2019. The dredger has been shipped to Mexico as deck cargo, thanks to its modular, dismountable nature, which makes for easy transportation anywhere in the world, by road, rail or sea.

In addition to the dredger itself, Damen is contracted by the navy to provide additional services including spare parts, consultancy support, simulator and technical assistance.

The Damen CSD650 has a 650mm suction pipe diameter, and is capable of pumping some 7,000 m3/h of mixture to depths of up to -18m. The dredge pump is located in a separate pump room, isolating the engine, hydraulic and electric installations from the mixture piping.

The CSD650 is the 12th vessel that Damen has delivered to the Mexican Navy, from patrol vessels to logistic support ships.

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