In Rotterdam on 9 September 2023 HRH Princess Alexia of the Netherlands performed the christening ceremony for Van Oord’s new hopper dredger Vox Alexia.

The ceremony took place at the Wilhelminakade quay in Rotterdam’s city centre, where the vessel was docked for two days.

Guests and Van Oord employees gathered there to celebrate this memorable occasion. After the ceremony, Princess Alexia was given a tour of the vessel and met a number of employees, including the vessel’s crew and members of Young Van Oord, an employee association.

CEO Pieter van Oord said: ‘Vox Alexia is our third LNG-powered vessel and a prime example of Van Oord’s commitment to sustainability. It is a great honour that Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia has christened this vessel, which bears her name.’

The hopper dredger Vox Alexia collects sand, clay, sludge and soil from sea or river beds. Van Oord deploys hopper dredgers worldwide on a wide variety of projects, including coastal protection, port development, deepening of waterways and land reclamation.

Like her recently christened sister vessels Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia, Vox Alexia is equipped with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) system and is a good example of Van Oord’s commitment to sustainability. The vessel’s LNG fuel system and energy-efficient design will significantly reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.


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