Chinese yard launches trailing suction hopper dredger Chang Jiang Kou 2New Vessels // February 23, 2012
Chang Jiang Kou 2 is due to be delivered in 2013.
The naming and launch ceremony for the 12,000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger, Chang Jiang Kou2 took place on 22 February 2012 at the Daoda Heavy Industry shipyard in Qidong, China.
IHC Merwede is building the vessel for Yangtze Estuary Waterway Administration Bureau MOT in China.
The dredger is a sister vessel to Chang Jiang Kou 01, which was launched last year at IHC Merwede’s Kinderdijk shipyard.
The ceremony was performed by Mr Fan Yaxiang, the Party Secretary of Yangtze Estuary Waterway Administration Bureau MOT.
The contract for the design, construction and delivery of two 12,000m³ trailing suction hopper dredgers was signed by Yangtze Estuary Waterway Administration Bureau MOT and IHC Dredgers in July 2008.
The keel for Chang Jiang Kou 2 was laid on 15 December 2010 and the vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2013. Overall the work in progress means that the ship is on schedule.
Both ships, named after the mouth of the Yangtze River, have been specifically designed with the high-current velocity and soil properties of the River in mind. This is one of the reasons why the vessels will be equipped with the patented IHC Merwede Wild Dragon draghead.