The long term Damen customer, requested local construction which was supervised by Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) was delivered as complete dredging package so that the customer could start the dredging job without delay.
The CSD500, named ”25 January” after the day of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, has been built by Canal Naval Constructions Co (CNC) of Port Fouad, Egypt. Damen Dredging Equipment sent over all vital components such as the dredge pump, the control cabin etc in containers. The CSD500 is fitted out with a large number of optionals, as well as the auxiliary equipment required for the jobsite.
Thedredger has a max dredging depth of 14 m, and a max installed power of 1.293 kW. The cutter power is 180 kW with a mixture capacity of some 4.000 m3/h. The standard dredger has been customized by adding a large number of optionals, such as a jib crane, navigation lights, a communication package, air conditioning, a bilge pump, heavier fenders, a fire fighting installation and a 500 L fresh water tank with tap and sink. The dredger received Bureau Veritas class approval as it will be working near the Mediterranean coast.
This is the second Damen dredger for Egypt their first was the dredger “Bardawil Lagoon”, delivered in 1997. Both dredgers will operate in the Northern Egyptian lakes “Manzala”, “Burullus” and “Bardawil” where they will assist in the development of the Egyptian aquaculture.
Crew training, etc was also provided by Damen.