Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque in Europe’s first LNG dual-fuel dredger conversion
Nineteen months after the contract was awarded, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque has completed Europe’s first conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel capability combining LNG and MGO.
Damen delivered a turnkey package that included engineering, procurement and support. The previous propulsion system of Dragages-Ports’ Samuel de Champlain was diesel-electric burning MGO, and so the contract included the change of generators to dual-fuel models and the installation of on board LNG storage facilities. The project was a complex one and not without its challenges.
“The Samuel de Champlain conversion has been the subject of much interest within the dredging industry and the maritime industry in general,” says Fabien Guillemot, Commercial Manager at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque.
“LNG isn’t new, of course, but this groundbreaking conversion of an existing vessel opens up new possibilities for everyone. With environmental regulations set to tighten ever further in the foreseeable future, the success of this project is evidence for owners of ships operating in coastal waters and emission control areas that there is an alternative to scrapping old vessels and building a new one.”
The Samuel de Champlain will now return to her regular duties of dredging the Loire and Seine rivers.
The conversion has been part of an EU-supported initiative to promote LNG propulsion in short-sea vessels operating along the European Atlantic coast.