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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 

Brazilian company Constructora Vale Verde has placed a repeat order for a cutter suction dredger, type CSD350, with Damen Shipyards; a sister vessel to the 'Amsterdam', which was delivered in 2019.

According to Damen, Vale Verde's choice of another Damen dredger was based on the quality and service provided by Damen, which had proved valuable during the recent difficult times, allowing Vale Verde to successfully continue its operations in Brazil.

Delivering the second dredger to Constructora Vale Verde has been a matter of trust. The first CSD350,  Amsterdam, was delivered and transported just before the global pandemic outbreak. In a world with fortified frontiers and near-unsurpassable barriers. Damen continued with assisting the commissioning of the dredger when it arrived in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Due to the collaboration between Damen Services and Endratech (the local dredging agent), Damen was able to complete commissioning and so enable Vale Verde to commence its contract.

The new CSD350 for Vale Verde will be named Holanda and is identical to the Amsterdam; a fully dismountable, stationary dredger fitted out for one-man operation that has been working successfully in tailing ponds in one of the mining regions of Brazil. The tailings are being removed from industrial storage basins and reintroduced into the main process, thereby reducing pressure on the environment. The CSD350 is suited to the job, with a maximum dredging depth of -9m and an dredge production of some 2,000 m3/h, while being compact enough to be transported by road following dismounting.

MD Constructora Vale Verde, Hugo Soares, said: “It is great being on board of our second CSD350. As with the first one, I am impressed by the quality and the workmanship. This dredger will be customised with several items including a deck crane, a wedge piece and a swivel, all intended to optimise operations. This will make it perfect for its first job alongside its sister in Brazil.”

The dredger will be delivered from the stock building programme and transported to Brazil shortly.

Robin Segaar, Damen Sales Manager, Brazil, said: “I am proud of the reasons behind the decision of Vale Verde in their purchase of another CSD350. It is an amazing achievement to have realised the commissioning and local support during very challenging conditions, while preserving the quality and efficiency of the equipment and maintaining a personal relationship with all involved. This proved to be the foundation for the trust Vale Verde has placed in Damen. We look forward to seeing the dredging operation contributing to the strategy of Constructora Vale Verde.”

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