Grab Hopper Dredger

A self-propelled grab hopper dredger, Cherry Sand has been modernised with a Pulleman grab crane and equipped with a range of buckets to enable dredging in a wide variety of materials.

The hopper well is fitted with a grid to avoid debris being deposited at sea, and discharges via hydraulically operated bottom doors.

The dredging crane is fitted with precise depth-indicating equipment and a computer-controlled safe-working load system to prevent accidental overload conditions.

She is equipped with DGPS and digital mapping which allows accurate dredging to be undertaken.

The vessel is fitted with all usual navigation aids, VHF, MF and mobile telephone, e-mail and fax links.


Built1968, modified 1994 & 1999
BuilderAppledore Shipbuilders
ClassificationMSA Grab Hopper Dredger
Length Overall62.5 m
Breadth Moulded12.04 m
Draught Light3.4 m
Draught Loaded4.02 m
Gross Tonnage1,080 tonnes
Hopper Capacity765 m3
Max. Dredge Depth21.0 m
Main Propulsion2 x 665 kw
Bucket Sizes3 cu m heavy digging
5 cu m soft digging

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