Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

UKD Bluefin is a purpose-designed trailing suction hopper dredger with many advanced features.

Special attention has been paid to hull form and dredge-great layout to enable this vessel to dredge in open-sea conditions while maintaining efficiency. She is fitted with twin suction pipes and pumps, jet pumps and de-gassing gear; underwater overflow is via an adjustable weir and she has the ability to discharge via bottom doors or pump ashore. All dredging equipment is by IHC incorporating the latest design features, with fully integrated dredge monitoring and control systems.  Navigation guidance is by DGPS and dedicated onboard survey computer producing continuous precision position information with digital interfaced dredge area details.

Careful ship design in positioning of suction pipes allows this vessel to access close corners without the need for primary soil displacement. The vessel is equipped with VHF, MF and GMDSS communications, twin radar sets, echo sounder, radio tide guage receiver and mobile telephone, e-mail and fax links. 


BuilderFerguson Shipbuilders
Speed9.5 knots
ClassificationBV 13/3E Deep Sea Hopper Dredger
Length Overall98.0 m
Breadth Moulded18.0 m
Draught Light4.2 m
Draught Loaded6.7 m
Suction PipesN/A
Gross Tonnage4171 tonnes
Hopper Capacity3,900 m3
Max. Dredge Depth28.0 m
Main Propulsion2 x 2,460 kw
Dredge Pump2 x 600 kw
Jet Pump2 x 315 kw
Bow Thrust375 kw

Please click here for the UKD Bluefin brochure pdf