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Thursday, August 5, 2021 

Dutch builder Royal IHC has handed over to owner DEME, the cutter suction dredger ‘Spartacus’, believed to be the largest self- propelled cutter suction dredger and the first to be powered by LNG.

The design of Spartacus is intended to be eco-friendly with various innovations on board. The four main engines can run on LNG, MDO and HFO, and the two auxiliary engines have dual-fuel technology. With 44,180kW power, the vessel is the most powerful CSD in the DEME fleet, and the strongest cutter suction dredger in the world, capable of handling challenging rocky bottom formations.

The heavy cutter ladder, able to be controlled and operated from the bridge by a single person, can operate up to a dredging depth of 45m. The ship has a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gases into electrical energy.

CSD Spartacus will set sail to its first assignment, the Abu Qir project in Egypt. This vast greenfield project includes the reclamation of 1,000 ha of new land, the deepening of the port’s approach channel to 23m and the dredging of a turning basin to 22m.

Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO DEME Group said: “Spartacus not only sets new standards in the dredging sector, this extraordinary vessel highlights DEME’s continual drive to pioneer, innovate and create opportunities. This willingness to keep pushing the boundaries and invest in our fleet, means that projects that were unfeasible before are now possible with ‘Spartacus’. I sincerely congratulate all teams involved for their commitment and relentless pursuit of excellence during this challenging construction process.”

Gerben Eggink, CEO Royal IHC said: “Spartacus has been one of the most challenging projects Royal IHC has ever undertaken Now that it has been completed and we can hand over the SPARTACUS to DEME, we are very proud of this ship. I would like to thank DEME for the good cooperation between our two companies and compliment the teams of both DEME and Royal IHC for the exceptional perseverance they have shown. We are confident to have delivered DEME a ship that is ready to take on any challenge and with which many progressive projects can be carried out.”

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