Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC informs it has launched Adani’s 8,000m3 IHC Beagle trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) – Shanti Sagar 18 – at a ceremony on July 7 at the builder’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.
Shanti Sagar 18 will be mainly utilized for maintenance dredging. Its launch follows the previous TSHD launched for Adani – Shanti Sagar 17 on March 31 – to be deployed for capital dredging in challenging soils. Therefore, it was equipped with a heavier draghead. Due to the modular design of the Beagle 8 series, the vessels can be adapted for specific dredging tasks, the builder said.
The Beagle 8 dredger is 104.5 meters long with a width of 24.2 meters. The vessel is designed to have a loaded speed of 13.7 knots. It has two suction pipes with a diameter of 800mm and can reach a dredging depth of 26 meters.
Each Beagle 8 is equipped with IHC’s Trailspeed Controller (TSC) and Eco Pump Controller (EPC). Developed in-house, the TSC ensures a constant speed while dredging, which leads to higher average production results and greater levels of consistency, IHC explained. The EPC reduces excessive cavitation as well as wear and tear, and fuel consumption.
IHC noted easy operation will be facilitated by the Intuitive Hopper Control Chair (IHCC). The ergonomic chair is equipped with controls in the armrests and enables the operator to have complete command of the dredging process.