Jun 2, 2023 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

Seatrium subsidiary Seatrium New Energy (formerly Keppel FELS), has handed over the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) ‘Vox Alexia’, third of a series of three dual-fuel vessels,  to Van Oord Ship Management.

The delivery of Vox Alexia follows the first and second dredger newbuilds Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia delivered in April and December 2022 respectively. Both sister vessels are currently in service and contributing to Van Oord’s cleaner fleet operations.

Vox Alexia is built to IMO Tier III regulations and classed by Bureau Veritas (BV), with detailed engineering performed to meet the vessel’s operating specifications. With a hopper capacity of 10,500m3, the dredger incorporates automated marine and dredging systems, as well as an onboard data acquisition and integrated control system to enhance efficiency and operational cost savings. Certified with the BV Green Passport and Clean Ship notations, the vessel has a climate control system to recycle energy and advanced data analytics systems for sustainable and smart operations. The TSHD is equipped with a suction pipe with submerged e-driven dredge pump, two shore discharge dredge pumps, five bottom doors, a total installed power of 14,500 kW, and is able to accommodate 22 persons. Following delivery, Vox Alexia set off from Singapore for further preparatory trials by the customer prior to service commencement later in 2023.

Seatrium says that the construction success of Vox Alexia further extends its track record in specialised vessel construction and proven capabilities in delivering cleaner and greener solutions for the industry. Prior to the three dredgers constructed for Van Oord, the Group delivered five world’s first EU Stage V TSHDs – which fulfil strict emission standards and are capable of dredging at ultra-low levels of emission – to Jan De Nul between 2019 and 2020.

Harold WM Linssen, Director Ship Management Department Van Oord, said: “We are very pleased to now add Vox Alexia to our fleet in addition to her sister vessels Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia, and as such contribute even further to the energy transition and decarbonisation of our fleet. We also look forward to utilise and further develop the established synergy with Seatrium in upcoming projects.”

Tan Leong Peng, MD Seatrium New Energy said: “We are pleased to deliver Vox Alexia, the final unit in the series of three highly automated dual-fuel newbuild dredgers, to Van Oord. Certified to BV Green Passport and Clean Ship notations, all three TSHDs run on cleaner LNG fuel and integrate greener features for enhanced efficiency, improved performance and environmentally sustainable operations. We are confident that Vox Alexia will contribute to Van Oord’s greener fleet operations and sustainability objectives when it joins sister vessels Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia in service. We have developed strong synergy with the Van Oord team through this series of vessels and we look forward to continuing this close partnership in the new and renewable energy space.”

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