Jan De Nul"s latest mega-trailing suction hopper dredger Leiv Eiriksson was launched in Sestao in Spain on Friday.
Jan De Nul"s latest mega-trailing suction hopper dredger Leiv Eiriksson was launched at the shipyard Construcciones Navales del Norte in Sestao in Spain on Friday. The 46,000m3 capacity mega-hopper followed its twin vessel Cristóbal Colón down the same slipway a year after its keel laying took place.
The vessel is equipped with two suction pipes of 1,300mm diameter, with electrically driven underwater dredge pumps rated at 6,500 kW each, enabling dredging down to water depths of 155 m. Discharging is possible by means of two electrically driven shore discharging dredge pumps, each with 8,000 kW of power. Fully loaded with up to 78,500 tons of sand, the Leiv Eiriksson will sail at a speed of 18 knots. This combination of capacity and performance delivers an economic solution for the execution of major land reclamation works, with the versatility to also undertake deep sea trenching and related projects.
The naming ceremony was performed by Mrs Annita Boel, wife of Jan De Nul director Géry Vandewalle. Red wine was used instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, maintaining customary practice in the region of North Spain where the vessel has been built.
Following the launch, the dredger was moored at the outfitting quay of the shipyard, for further completion. Early 2010 it will join the fleet of Jan De Nul Group, which will then include the two largest hopper dredgers in the world and shall become the largest fleet of such vessels in the world.
The Leiv Eiriksson is the seventh vessel built for Jan De Nul Group at the La Naval shipyard in Sestao. Earlier, the TSHD"s Kaishuu, Juan Sebastián de Elcano, Filippo Brunelleschi, Francis Beaufort, the sister vessel Cristóbal Colón, and the fall pipe and mining vessel Simon Stevin were launched.
The next ship to be built in Sestao is the JDN8035, another mega-trailing suction hopper dredger with a capacity of 30,500 m³.