Damen Shipyards Group has secured a deal from Onego Shipyard to build a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 2000 for Russia’s FSUE Rosmorport.

Expected to be delivered by 2019, the TSHD vessel will be the sixth dredger to be built under the Damen TSHD 2000 design for Rosmorport.

Following delivery, the vessel will be deployed to carry out maintenance operations in the northern region of Russia.

The new TSHD 2000 will be developed under Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) service, which has been offered by Damen to facilitate shipbuilding operations at a local yard of the end-client’s choice.

DTC packages can also be customised in accordance with client’s specific requirements.

Damen Sales manager Marc Tijssen said: “In this particular case, we will be providing the design and materials package to Onego Shipyard.

“And, because transfer of knowledge and technology is a key aspect of the DTC concept, we will also be ready to deliver any assistance during the build process.”

"We can always accommodate client modifications to our vessel designs."

Damen has also worked together with Rosmorport to add some additional design requirements into the new vessel. The additional requirement includes a self-emptying system for bow discharge.

Tijssen added: “We can always accommodate client modifications to our vessel designs.

“After all, our clients have the operational experience in their particular working environment. We use that valuable information to optimise our designs in order to meet those specific needs.”

Last year, Rosmorport took delivery of a Damen TSHD 2000 vessel, named Severnaya Dvina.

Image: A Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 2000 from Damen. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.