Posted on October 12, 2015
By Tony Slinn
Dutch-Spanish co-operation between Damen Dredging Equipment (DDE) and Bilbao-based Astilleros de Murueta shipyard has seen the first dredger for the Chambre de Commerce d’Industrie de Bayonne Pays Basque delivered successfully after extensive trials.
The 1,200 m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Hondarra – meaning ‘sand’ in Basque – will work in the French port of Bayonne, which the Chambre de Commerce operates, carrying out maintenance dredging as well as replenishing beaches.
Speaking to IHS Maritime, a DDE spokeswoman said, “This is the fourth vessel built through our co-operation with Astilleros de Murueta; we don’t have a contract signed yet for a fifth vessel but we’re working on it.
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