Cutter Suction Dredger 500-S “Brolga I”

Damen Dredging Equipment has delivered a customised CSD500-S to Australian customer, Energy Resources of Australia (ERA). The CSD, which has been named the Brolga I, will work in an acidic environment with a pH of approximately 3 for which a wide array of adaptations have been incorporated. The CSD500-S is based on the Damen standard vessel type, yet fully customised to meet the customer’s Health, Safety and Environmental requirements and unique operational conditions.

The environment in which the CSD500-S will operate requires a specialised focus on corrosion protection. All steel parts including the hull of the vessel and suction ladder have been provided with a special coating, the discharge pipe line is made in HDPE instead of steel, the dredge valve in the discharge piping has been made in stainless steel and the box coolers are fabricated in 100% titanium.

The dredger has been shipped to Antwerp, where it was loaded on board a transport vessel bound for the north of Australia. It will arrive at the Ranger Mine in Jabiru in the Northern Territory at the end of May.

Cutter Suction Dredger 500 - S “Brolga I”

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