Al Jarraf, meaning “dredging vessel” in Arabic, was launched on Wednesday October 27 at the ASL Shipyard in Singapore. VOSTA LMG is responsible for the design, supplied the components and developed the dredging technology together with MEDCO and DEME. VOSTA LMG built the main dredging components in Asia, 100% to European standards. Owner of the vessel is Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO), a partnership between DEME, United Development Company (UDC), and the Qatari government.
Two basic characteristics of the new CSD Al Jarraf qualify specifically for assignments in the Gulf region. The new dredger is self-propelled, allowing it to sail on its own power between various working locations within the Gulf, without requiring the assistance of powerful tugboats. At the same time, the new cutter dredger is of the heavy-duty type, featuring no less than 12.860 kW of total installed power. CSD Al Jarraf is able to dredge hard rock formations from the sea bed at depths up to a maximum of 30m.
The 334.6 ft x 68.9 ft cutter dredge has two additional advantages. An integrated barge loading facility provides extra flexibility, as Al Jarraf will be able to discharge both through the traditional floating pipeline and directly into a barge that would moor alongside the dredger. Secondly, the discharge power has significantly increased in comparison with the current MEDCO flag- dredger, Al Mahaar. This increased discharge power allows for covering significantly larger distances between the dredging area and the reclamation area when pumping ashore.