Cristobal Colon

Posted: 24 April, 2009 by SeaBart in monster
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Cristobal Colon

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!!

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Pretty impressive!!

leAnd they are building a sistership as well : the Leiv Eiriksson

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”

  1. tugster says:

    they suck!! efficiently and for noble purpose

  2. bowsprite says:

    I hear make a mean sea cucumber purée. But they are not so good at straining out the pebbles and dirt.

  3. Marc says:

    I beg our pardon ?

  4. Roland says:

    The secret for creating new land from the sea starts with these beasts. 🙂
    The bigger they are the cheaper the cost 🙂 the biggest of these can fill up a football pitch with 6m of sand.
    Ugly but lovely in what they can do.
    I’m already dreaming of nuclear powered dredgers that can carry even more sand.

  5. Rudy says:

    If you want a realy nice working ship look up these old fruit chasers/freezers from Geest lines they had only high up in the midships some flat hull plating, have seen some of them in the little port of Barry on the south coast of Wales, all in virgin white

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