Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

UKD Orca is a modern and highly versatile trailing suction hopper dredger. She is ideally suited for estuary and close-quarters dredging, combining compactness with capacity. Equipped with twin suction pipes fitted well aft, the vessel is capable of dredging in confined spaces making her ideal for maintenance dredging.

The UKD Orca is equipped with a de-gassing installation, drag head jets and underwater overflow via an adjustable weir.

All dredging equipment has computerised control and monitoring systems. Navigation guidance is by DGPS which, together with digital mapping of the dredge area, provides the Master with precision positioning.

With a hopper capacity of 2,373m3, the UKD Orca has been designed to meet the needs of European customers, especially in the UK and Ireland. Key features include a diesel-electric power plant, rudder propeller systems and a twin pipe option.


BuilderBarkmeijer Shipyards
Bureau Veritas Class 1,
Unrestricted Navigation
Length Overall78.0 m
Breadth Moulded15.85 m
Draught Light3.2 m
Draught Loaded5.6 m
Gross Tonnage3,087 tonnes
Hopper Capacity2,373 m3
Max. Dredge Depth25.0 m
Installed Power3 x 1,200 kw
Main PropulsionRudder Propeller
2 x 1,500 kw
Dredge Pump850 kw
Jet Pump575 kw
Bow Thrust500 kw

Please click here for the UKD Orca Brochure pdf