ESG Cuts Steel on new Dredger for Weeks Marine

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 23, 2020

Left to Right: Hans Bloomberg of Weeks Marine, Inc., Brian D’Isernia ESG, Kenneth Munroe ESG, Jamie Keel ESG, Benny Bramblette ESG, and Bob Babb ESG

Left to Right: Hans Bloomberg of Weeks Marine, Inc., Brian D’Isernia ESG, Kenneth Munroe ESG, Jamie Keel ESG, Benny Bramblette ESG, and Bob Babb ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group commenced steel cutting for R.B. Weeks, ESG Hull 258, a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger for Weeks Marine.

The contract for the new vessel was signed four months ago, and it will be built at Eastern’s Allanton Shipyard Panama City, Florida. This is the second Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge project for Weeks Marine, the Magdalen, ESG Hull 256 was delivered back in December of 2017.  

The R.B. Weeks, (ESG Hull 258) is named in honor of Richard B. Weeks,  a co-founder of Weeks Marine and married to Magdalen Weeks, the namesake of the sister vessel Magdalen (ESG 256), also built by Eastern and delivered in December 2017. This new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge is scheduled for delivery early 2023.


Main Particulars: The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge features the following characteristics:

Name: R.B. WEEKS

ESG Hull#: 258

Dimensions, o.a.: 356’ x 79’-6”’x 27’-3”

Designer: Royal IHC

Main Engines: (2) GE 16V250 MDC IMOIII/EPA Tier 4

Main Propulsion: (2) Wartsila CPP in Nozzles

Main Gears: (2) Siemens (Flender)

Bow Thruster: (1) AC 730kW VFD Fixed Pitch Tunnel Unit

Main Shaft Generators: (2) x 3400ekW

Auxiliary Generator: (1) GE 6L250 MDC (1423ekW) IMOIII/EPA Tier 4

Emergency Generator: (1) Caterpillar C18 (430ekW) IMOII/EPA Tier 3

Classification: Lloyd’s Register, 100A1 Hopper Dredger, LMC, UMS

Flag & Regulatory: USA, USCG

Hopper Capacity: 8,550 yd³ (6540m3)

Accommodations: 26 Person



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