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Samuel de Champlain to be First LNG-Converted Dredger

The conversion of Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Samuel de Champlain into dual fuel is now in phase of active preparation.

Following the call for tender launched early this year, DRAGAGES-PORTS EIG awarded on July 6th, 2017, to DAMEN SHIPREPAIR & CONVERSION HOLDING BV the public tender for conversion into dual-fuel (liquefied natural gas/diesel oil) the TSHD Samuel de Champlain, which only uses diesel oil at the moment. This tender, representing a total amount of € 20.8 million, includes a major phase for the replacement of gensets and the installation inboard of LNG tanks and networks, and an optional phase for the maintenance of the genset and associated equipment for a period of 8 years.

"This LNG conversion of a dredger vessel is the first of its kind in the world. It will generate significant environmental gains through reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particles emissions, beyond current standards " Jean-Pierre Guellec, CEO of DRAGAGES-PORTS, says.

Studies and equipment orders started during summer 2017. The conversion operation itself will last three and a half months, from September 2018 onwards in Dunkirk, one of DAMEN’s French shipyards. "This contract proves DAMEN Group's ability to offer its customers turnkey solutions for complex conversions integrating engineering and procurement, as well as its desire to develop its activities in the LNG sector" comments Alexandre Richerd, Sales Manager at DAMEN SHIPREPAIR & CONVERSION.

One more step to energy transition
The Samuel de Champlain dredger will be equipped with three new dual-fuel MAN 6L35/44DF gensets and two C-type tanks, with a working capacity of 153 m3 each, allowing operations during one full week.

The exemplary nature of this operation, which is part of a larger European project called 'S/F SamueLNG', has received the financial support of the European Union via the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), without which this operation wouldn’t have been possible.

This conversion is a step furthermore towards the energy transition for the owner (DRAGAGES-PORTS EIG) and the operator (Nantes-Saint Nazaire Port) of the Samuel de Champlain.

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