New hopper dredger for Damen

One of the most environmentally sustainable vessels of its type.

Wärtsilä will provide the engines, propellers, and control system for a new, large-size hopper dredger being built by shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group. The vessel has been ordered by Cemex UK.

The new Damen-hopperdredger will be one of the most environmentally sustainable vessels of its type.

Wärtsilä will prepare the engines ready for use with SCR. This so-called selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology will reduce NOx emissions, making the vessel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations. When delivered, the 103-metre long, 4975 gross tonnage dredger will be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships of its type.


‘We are honoured to be working with Damen in making this new ship as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Wärtsilä has a depth of experience in providing solutions for dredging vessels. And we know that the propulsion equipment selected is the best fit for this vessel’, says Dick Heidelberg, Account Manager Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä’s full scope of supply includes two Wärtsilä 26 engines - a type of engine widely used in the dredger market, two Wärtsilä 4D775 controllable pitch propellers (CPP) - a new and advanced product, and the compact, state-of-the-art Wärtsilä ProTouch control system. Wärtsilä will deliver the equipment by the end of 2018 and the ship is expected to commence operations in the North Sea during the latter part of 2019.


Damen operates more than 50 shipyards, repair yards, and related companies worldwide. In recent years Damen has ordered Wärtsilä propulsion machinery for new build cargo ships and research vessels. Olivier Marcus, Product Manager Dredging at Damen: ‘Wärtsilä was a logical choice for us to work with as their reputation for quality and reliability is combined with a long-standing relationship with our client, Cemex. We are very pleased to be working with this partner towards the delivery of the first Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger.’