Damen to Deliver Cutter Suction Dredger to T&C in Paraguay
The Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Ingeniería de Topografía y Caminos SA, a major civil contractor in Paraguay, for a customised Cutter Suction Dredger 500. T&C will use the dredger to transform the southern river bank of the capital Asunción, in the Costanera Sur project. The modular dredger will sharply increase sand production, required to meet the ambitious projects deadlines.
For decades parts of the city have flooded annually due to their proximity to the river. As a result, residential and industrial areas have gradually moved away from the waterside, paving the way for the creation of a 7.5 embankment to prevent flooding. The prestigious project has a sharp deadline; all sand relocation works, including dredging, have to be finished withing two years. In total 9 million m3 of sand will have to be dredged.
Damen is able to deliver the dredger to this landlocked location due to its modular design. The dredger will be shipped fully dismantled to Paraguay shortly. Initially, it will sail from Antwerp to Montevideo, Uruguay, before being transferred to river barge to be transported up the Paraguay River.
Upon arrival, Damen’s team will assemble the dredger and provide training to the crew in its use. T&C is a new client for Damen. Over the last few years, the shipbuilder has opened a number of markets in South America, selling dredgers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and now Paraguay.
Facilitating the fast delivery of the dredger is Damen’s practice of building standard – proven – vessels for stock. The company is able to customise its products for its clients’ specific requirements using modular options. In this case, Damen is adding, amongst other things, anchor booms, a spud carriage pontoon and a deck crane.