Keppel Offshore & Marine delivered the world’s first European Union Stage V dredger, which will meet the EU’s stricter emission standards for inland waterway vessels, Keppel said on Wednesday.
Named Afonso de Albuquerque, the ultra-low-emission Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) was built for Jan De Nul, Keppel said in a filing to SGX after the market close on Wednesday.
The dredger is diesel-electrical powered and comes with an efficient exhaust gas system, Keppel said.
A second and third dredgers are expected to be delivered to Jan De Nul later this quarter, out of a total of four Keppel O&M is still building for the company, the filing said.
The TSHD is suitable for work in confined areas due to a shallow draught and high maneuverability, the filing said, adding it would be used for dredging loose and soft soils such as sand, gravel, silt or clay.
Keppel said it is currently building a total of six dredgers, including two with a dual-fuel capability making them capable of running on LNG.
Jan De Nul specializes in dredging and maritime works, and also provides specialized services for the offshore market for oil, gas and renewable energy as well as civil engineering and environmental services.
Keppel O&M delivered the dredger via its wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine.