Boskalis takes new mega cutter Helios into service
Boskalis Westminster has named and christened its new mega cutter Helios during a festive ceremony in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 1 July.
The Helios is the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger Boskalis has ever developed.Testing of the cutter head, developed to dredge in extremely hard ground.
Extremely hard ground
The self-propelled vessel is 152 meters long and has a total installed power of almost 24,000 kW, including a total pumping capacity of 15,600 kW and a maximum cutter power of 7,000 kW.
The cutter dredger was developed to dredge in extremely hard ground. The cutter ladder weighs 2,060 tons, making it the heaviest in the world.
The Helios will be deployed for dredging activities related to the development of the port of Duqm in Oman.
Construction sister vessel underway
Earlier this year Boskalis Westminster ordered a second self-propelled mega cutter that is now being built by contractor Royal IHC.
The new sister vessel on the CSD Helios is expected to be commissioned in the course of 2020.
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● Boskalis ordered new self-propelled megacutter from IHC Merwede, 27 November 2013
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