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Model of dredger D’Artagnan handed over to Panama Canal Authority

Company News // July 26, 2010

The model of D'Artagnan is unveiled.

On 24 July 2010 a scale model of the ocean-going rock cutter dredger D’Artagnan was handed over to the Panama Canal Authority by Alain Bernard, the CEO of DEME, the company that owns the vessel.

The scale model will be permanently exhibited at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

With a total installed power of 28,000kW D’Artagnan is one of the most powerful ocean-going rock cutter suction dredgers in the world.

The vessel was commissioned to DEME in the last quarter of 2005 and has been employed since on numerous projects since. 

D’Artagnan will also play a key role in the widening and deepening of the Panama Canal, DEME's Dredging international having recently been awarded key contracts for the massive project.

A contract for the widening and deepening of the Pacific entrance to the canal was awarded to Dredging International in April 2008. A substantial part of the work has been executed by, among others, DEME’s self-propelled cutter dredger Vlaanderen XIX, the trailing suction hopper dredger Breydel, and the rock drilling and blasting vessel OO7. 

D’Artagnan will start work in the canal later this year and remain at work there on the widening and deepening the northern reaches of the Gatun Lake channel on the Atlantic side of the canal, a project which will require another 5 million m3 of material to be dredged.

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