GSL signs contract for construction of next-generation TSH dredgers

GSL has signed a contract with Jan De Nul Group, Luxemburg for the construction of the next generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers
GSL signs contract for construction of next-generation TSH dredgers
GSL signs contract for construction of next-generation TSH dredgers

New Delhi: Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has signed a contract with Jan De Nul Group, Luxemburg for the construction of the next generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers. The vessel is designed as a plug-in hybrid with a potential of up to four hours autonomy in first instance and is especially designed to operate in small harbours. The contract was signed on June 6 at Luxembourg.

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With its 79 meters hull length, the new vessel has a hopper capacity of 2000 cubic meter. The present contract is for one vessel, with a delivery period of 24 months for the first ship, having an option to construct a second sister vessel.

According to GSL, the new vessel is custom made to operate in small harbours in highly populated areas, like marinas for example. It is highly manoeuvrable, very low in emissions and is almost silent.

Speaking on this, Jan De Nul Group's Director (New Building) Jan Van De Velde said, “It’s a small hopper with big capabilities. Tailor-made to perform in small harbours, agile and flexible. With very big ambitions in the field of durability. As a DC hybrid plug-in, the vessel is highly innovative, with a big potential to reduce our carbon footprint. Another added value to our versatile fleet.”

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While GSL CMD BK Upadhyay said, “So far, GSL has exported defence platforms to various countries and has emerged as the largest exporter of defence platforms from India. This prestigious deal with a European client is a significant step to diversify ourselves into the global commercial shipbuilding market. With an excellent track record of execution & delivery, for which GSL is known for, I am confident that we will continue with our legacy of delivering high quality ships well within the delivery timelines.”

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