IMO : 9429572
Build : 2009 by Construcciones Navales del Norte, Sestao in Spain, nr ??
This apparently is the biggest trailer suction hopper dredger in the whole wide world & surroundings, a very nice & worthfull addition to our Monsters of the Sea category. Build for the Belgian Company “Jan de Nul” she shows some impressive stats: deadweight 78,000 ton, hopper capacity 46,000 m³, length/breadth : 223 x 41 m, loaded draught: 15,2 m, speed: 18 knots, max dredging depth: 155 m, total installed diesel power 41,500 kW. Imagine you are an innocent underwater creature, doing your daily thing on the seabed and then out of nowhere this thing comes along and you get sucked up. It would ruin your day, that’s for sure but on the bright side: you now are able to brag that you have been sucked by the biggest dredgers of them all!!
Another contender in the same league is the following dredger:
Queen of the Netherlands
IMO : 9164031
Her stats: hopper capacity: 35.500 m³, length/breadth: 230 x 32 m, loaded draught: 13.0 m, speed: 16.5 knots, max dredging depth: 120 m, total installed diesel power: 27.600 Kw.
She hasn’t always been this big, she started live being smaller by 57 m, lengthened in 2008 by that precise amount. Here she is while she was still “little”