Iraq’s Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) has taken delivery from Damen of a Cutter Suction Dredger, type CSD500. Ishtar is being towed from Rotterdam to the port of Umm Qasr, where its first job will be to carry out dredging in connection with the port extension that will enable the expansion of the Basra Gateway facility.
Phillip Marsham, BGT executive officer, said, “We have bought it from stock, for short lead time, and have added a number of options, customising the CSD, making it the perfect dredger for the job. Our choice of this Damen CSD is due to the fact it has two separate diesel engines onboard – the main engine for the dredge pump power and the auxiliary for the rest of its duties – as we see this as an important efficiency gain.”
To maximise the productivity of the dredger, Damen added a spud carriage pontoon and anchor booms. Moreover, a fully equipped accommodation unit was placed under the operating cabin and the cutter ladder was extended for a maximum dredging depth of 16 m. To ensure that the dredger can immediately start work on site, the vessel delivery package also includes a swivel hose as well as 400 m of floating pipe line.