IZAR Gijon Shipyard recently delivered an 8,500 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger
(TSHD). It is the second dredging vessel
built by Gijon for Dragages Ports, an agency of the French Public Works ministry.
This self-propelled TSHD vessel, yard number 366 and named Samuel De Champlain, was ordered by DragagesPorts from Gijon Shipyard on May 24, 2000, together with a smaller unit of 5,000 m3 capacity, yard number 365, named
DANIEL LAVAL and delivered on February 26 this year.
SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN is already operated in river Loire, in France, according to shipowner sources. It is equipped
with a trailing side suction pipe with underwater dredge pump on starboard and bottom valves for load dumping.
The accommodation deckhouse and the wheelhouse are located at the bow of the ship. A machinery deckhouse is located at the stern of the ship.
The dredger availability
is superior to 7000 hours per year.