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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group has signed an agreement with Korean yard Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) to deliver a complete components package, comprising equipment for oil recovery operations as well as a complete dredging installation.

The equipment will be installed on a new multi-purpose vessel which will primarily undertake oil recovery, and will work as a hopper dredger when not tending to emergencies.

The 5,000t 4,100m3 vessel will be built by HHIC, a Korean yard experienced in building special purpose vessels that is, therefore, suited to the construction of Korea’s first large combined oil recovery and dredging vessel. The equipment package comprises the dredging gear, the oil sweeping gear and the electric and hydraulic system. The integration of these systems will be undertaken by Damen.

The dredging installation is a complete turnkey package including a 900mm trailing pipe, designed to dredge at max 30m depth, complete with its gantries and winches, a dredge pump and jet water pump including drives, plus ample hopper loading and discharging equipment, including dredge valves and overflows. The oil recovery system consists of a rigid sweeping arm of 15m complete with its crane and various oil pumps in order to deal with oils of varying viscosity. The oil recovery system has been designed to work in waves up to 4m.

The multi-purpose vessel is being built for KOEM, the Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation, a Korean Governmental body. KOEM pre-selected Damen as equipment supplier, following an intensive selection process.

Damen sales manager Michiel Hendrikx said: “We are very pleased with this project. We have been in contact with KOEM about this for some years and are very excited to have successfully signed a contract with HHIC for the delivery of the oil recovery and dredging equipment for this unique vessel. We have previous experience in South Korea, though this will be our first time delivering a components package to Korean shipyard. I am sure that with the combined experience of both Hanjin and Damen we can make this project a success.”

Damen has begun the engineering process, working towards vessel delivery in 2022.

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