2 July 2007

Name-giving ceremony and launch of the 11,650m3 trailing suction hopper dredger BRABO

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“The11,650m3 TSHD BRABO ready for launching”

The name-giving ceremony and launch of the BRABO were performed by Mrs. Lieve Bruynickx-Derwael, spouse of Mr. Eddy Bruyninckx, Director-General of the Municipal Port Authority in Antwerp, here accompanied by Mr Bram Roelse Managing Director of the yard of IHC Holland Dredgers

“Launch of the11,650m3 TSHD BRABO”

“Launch of the11,650m3 TSHD BRABO”

On Saturday 30 June 2007, the name-giving ceremony and launch of the 11,650m3 trailing suction hopper dredger BRABO took place at the IHC Holland Merwede shipyard in Kinderdijk. The ship is being built for the Belgian contractor DEME N.V. (Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V.).

The name-giving ceremony and launch of the BRABO were performed by Mrs. Lieve Bruynickx-Derwael, spouse of Mr. Eddy Bruyninckx, Director-General of the Municipal Port Authority in Antwerp. DEME has also ordered a 9,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredger from IHC, the BREYDEL, which will be commissioned in 2008.

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In February 2006 IHC Holland Dredgers BV and DEME signed the contract for the building of 2 hopper dredgers, the BRABO and the BREYDEL. The keel of the BRABO was laid on 20 November 2006, the day that the REYNAERT was launched. After the launch, the building of the BREYDEL that has many of the same characteristics as the BRABO, will be started.

The BRABO is particularly suited both for work in shallow water and for maintaining harbours, beach suppletion and land reclamation projects. In its design, the features of the highly successful 5,400m³ PALLETIER series were transferred to a class of trailing suction hopper dredgers of about 10,000m3. The limited draught combined with large width ensure that the BRABO can be used in conditions were other ships of this class would be restricted by their length or draught.

The one-man operated bridge has been developed further and the BRABO now has the latest state-of-the-art console, in which the functions for dredging and sailing are combined. The extremely user-friendly operating capabilities and high degree of automation have already made one-man operation a success for the PALLETIER’s sister ships, the MARIEKE and the REYNAERT. This trend has been continued with the BRABO.

The ship’s design aims for high performance, for example by combining a relatively limited weight for the ship with a high load capacity. The maximum load capacity of 18,440 tons at a draught of just 9.05m provides a density for dredged soil in the bin of approx. 1.50 tons/m³ . The versatile dredging installation means that the ship can be deployed for a wide range of dredging works.

The BRABO is a twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger, with two bow screws for optimum manoeuvrability. It has one suction pipe on the port side with an internal diameter of 1,200mm, reaching a maximum dredging depth of 43m. The dredged material can be discharged directly into the sea through two rows of rectangular bottom doors. In shallow water two front unloading doors can also be used. These are submerged bottom doors that do not protrude under the ship when opened. The load can also be discharged by means of a self-emtying system, in which the dredged soil is pumped ashore through a floating pipeline, or discharged through a spraying nozzle, so-called “rainbowing”.
The ship has accommodation for a crew of 20.






trailing suction hopper dredger


DEME N.V. Belgium


IHC Holland Dredgers BV

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Sailing speed

14.8 knots


20 persons


Work in progress
Work in progress of by the end of May 2007 had a value of approximately
€ 1.2 Billion. In addition to that the group received a letter of intent worth
€ 450 million for 3 trailing suction hopper dredgers. Besides the Multi Purpose Offshore Construction Vessel the order portfolio includes a Heavy Lift Vessel, a Rigid Reeled Pipe Laying Vessel, a Flexible Pipe Laying Vessel, two Diving Support Vessels of different design, a Multi Purpose Diving Support and ROV Support Offshore Construction Vessel and five trailing suction hopper dredgers and a cutter dredger.

The legend of Brabo of Antwerp

The name BRABO comes from the legend of Brabo of Antwerp, who played a key role in the history of Antwerp and the identity of Antwerp through to this day. The legend is about Salvus Brabo, who vanquished the giant Druon Antigoon by doing the same to the giant as he himself had been doing for years to every skipper who sailed past his castle on the Schelde and did not want to pay the heavy toll that the giant demanded: he chopped the giant’s right hand off and threw it in the Schelde.

IHC Holland Merwede Company Profile

IHC Holland Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries.
IHC Holland Merwede is world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment and complex custom-built offshore vessels. The clients of IHC Holland Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Holland Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,000 at its locations in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Kinderdijk, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Sliedrecht, Delfgauw, Goes, Hendrik Ido Ambacht and Heusden. There are also branches in China, Houston (USA), India, the Middle East and Singapore.

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Trailing suction hopper dredger

A dredger used to remove and transport soil from water bottoms by dragging a long suction tube (2) with a draghead (1) over the bottom, loosening the soil in front of the suction head. Big centrifugal pumps transport the dredged soil as a slurry to pumped (through a pipeline or ‘rainbowed’) (5) to a reclamation area.
Specific activities in this field includes the construction or deepening of harbours and waterways. The main advantages of this type of vessel are its relative immunity to weather and sea conditions and the ability to transport soil over long distances. Furthermore it can operate independently with hardly any interference to other shipping traffic. A unit with a capacity of 17.000 m3 or more is referred as a ‘jumbo’ hopper dredger.

2 July 2007