Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with LLC Onego Shipyard to build a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 2000.

The vessel will be built by order of FSUE Rosmorport in Petrozavodsk (the Russian Federation) and will be the sixth dredger built to the design of the Dutch company Damen. The vessel will be delivered to the customer in 2019.

This contract, signed within the framework of the 14th International Maritime Exhibition NEVA 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was another stage in the cooperation between the enterprises. Last year FSUE Rosmorport was handed another Damen TSHD 2000 – the Severnaya Dvina.

Damen has had close contact with Rosmorport to identify additional design requirements to the new vessel. This includes a self-emptying system for bow discharge.

After delivery in 2019, the new vessel will be used for maintenance operations in the northern region of Russia.

Notably, the new vessel will be the sixth Damen dredger in Rosmorport’s fleet. The other vessels include one CSD 650, three TSHD 1000 vessels (built at Krasnoe Sormovo under Damen license) and the TSHD 2000 Severnaya Dvina.

Rosmorport also operates a number of Damen workboats.

“We are extremely proud of how our business relationship with Rosmorport and Onego Shipyards has grown over the years,” notes Mr Tijssen.

“And of course we are looking forward to forming closer working ties with Onego Shipyard in the near future.”