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    Jan De Nul's mega-dredger to start work

    Vessel & ROV News // June 30, 2000
    Belgian dredging company Jan de Nul says its trailing suction hopper dredger Vasco da Gama, the largest trailing suction hopper dredger in the world, has successfully completed trials and is being mobilised to the Asia Pacific region.

    The company says the 33,000m3 capacity trailer is due to join Jan de Nul's other jumbo trailers Gerardus Mercator and J F J de Nul in Singapore, where the Jan De Nul Group is executing a major sand supply contract.

    With a deadweight of 60,000 tonnes, the new vessel is comfortably the largest of its type in the world with a carrying capacity 70-80 per cent greater than that of the largest jumbo-dredgers available on the market to date.

    Apart from carrying out large-scale sand winning and land reclamation duties, the new dredger is also ideally suited to offshore construction work such as trenching.

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