The hopper dredger Beloe More recently joined her sister vessel Severnaya Dvina in the Port of Sabetta, northern Russia. The 2,000m3 hopper dredger was delivered from stock to FSUE ROSMORPORT.

The customised hopper dredger will perform maintenance duties and execute capital dredging in the newly created harbour.

Beloe More – meaning ‘White Sea’ in Russian – is not the first vessel Damen has delivered to ROSMORPORT.

As Vadim Akimov, Damen Sales Director, explains : “ROSMORPORT is the Russian enterprise responsible for the accessibility of all major Russian sea ports. Their fleet already comprises a number of Damen vessels including one identical 2,000m3 hopper dredger, three slightly smaller 1,000m3 hopper dredgers, one cutter suction dredger CSD 650 as well as a number of utility vessels such as tugs, Multi Cats and a Shoalbuster.”

The vessel was delivered from stock, being available at the building yard Damen Yichang Shipyard, China. After the last customisation details, the dredger sailed to its first job rounding Sakhalin, then through the Bering Strait using the Northern Sea Route. This route requires escort by an ice breaker, being well above the polar circle.

The 84m hopper dredger is equipped with a 600 millimetre trailing pipe for dredging at max -25m. The dredger is fitted out for maintenance jobs as well as capital dredging jobs. Its discharging equipment includes not only a row of bottom doors, but also a bow coupling unit and a rainbow nozzle.

The max thirteen person crew can monitor their job precisely using the Damen Dredge Monitoring system. The speed of the dredger in loaded condition is 11.4 knots.

For working under extreme circumstances, the Beloe More is being built under Ice Class and has acquired the classification of RMRS. The adaptations include structural elements such as the reinforced hull, as well as insulation and heating of the accommodation, hopper corridors and voids and winterisation of all deck equipment to avoid freezing.

The first job to be tackled was on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula, where the port of Sabetta is located in the estuary of the Ob river.

The Port of Sabetta is a recently created harbour to accommodate the transport of the vast reserves of LNG and crude oil from the area. Due to the location in Northern Siberia the harbour is only accessible for three to four months every year – hence the hurry for the new dredger to arrive.

At present Beloe More is deepening the access channel together with its sister vessel Severnaya Dvina – a collaboration crowning the excellent cooperation between Damen and ROSMORPORT.