At the end of August 2022 the dredger Aquadelta was taken on a short demonstration trip just before she was christened in Rotterdam-Maashaven.

Because the vessel has limited depth, she is able to dredge at the smallest and deepest places where the normal dredgers cannot come. The vessel has her own survey equipment on the bridge so a special vessel to do that is no longer needed.

Aquadelta was developed in close cooperation with the shipyard Bijlsma Wartena and the owner Van der Kamp BV. Aquadelta is a water injection dredger, a type of vessel that injects large volumes of water into the seabed, fluidizing the sediments so that it can flow naturally to other deeper areas.

The vessel was designed with a long life span, keeping ample room in both the layout and the deadweight of the vessel for future conversions. This means that the vessel can be equipped with alternative fuel and/or battery systems relatively easy in the future.

There are two injection pumps, which are electrically driven by horizontal mounted electric motors. The water injection pipes are constructed for water injection up to a depth of approximately 27m.

Conoship International was involved from start to finish in this project, both as integrators and designers. The concept design of the vessel was completed in record time by using extensive 3D models, and having an efficient cooperation between owner, yard and designer.

Aquadelta is owned by family company Van der Kamp in Zwolle, which started in business some 175 years ago.

Photos by Cees Kloppenburg

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